Run to Work!

I was scheduled to do a 3 mile run tonight for my marathon training, and originally I had planned on running home from work.  That is, until a goodbye happy hour for one of my running buddies, Tracey (she’s the egg on the right), was scheduled.  I couldn’t run AND do the happy hour, so needless to say, the happy hour won…

I was trying to decide whether I’d just skip the run altogether or try to fit it in my schedule.  As tempted as I was to skip the run, my long run this Saturday is only 6 miles, a big change from the 9 miles from last Saturday.  Last week, I skipped the Thursday run (on purpose, to ease myself back into running 4 times a week again after being a slacker for a while), and still made it to a little over 17 miles that week.  If I skipped it this time, I would only get 14 miles in.  Definitely not good to start reducing mileage to that extent at only week 3 of training.

So I sucked it up:  yesterday I came to work with a fresh towel and a change of work clothes, and visited my locker at our garage after months away…  (I really need to start biking in again!)

This morning, I set my alarm for an hour earlier than usual, put on my running clothes and was out of the house before I had a chance to change my mind.  My ipod decided to run out of battery before I was even out of the building (should have checked that last night…), but I reminded myself that I usually run sans music and off I went.

Right as I was passing the Air Force Memorial, which is this funny-looking thing,

I saw a police car turning in front of me and I thought “OMG, this cop is going to run me over!” and I looked over and then my thought changed to “OMG, Carol is going to run me over!”  It was a great way to start my morning!  I haven’t seen Carol in almost a year, since her wedding reception last July.  She got hitched and moved to the boonies, but she is still working as a police officer in Arlington.  Ever since she came Arlington, a couple of years ago, I always peak in police cruisers hoping I’ll bump into her — of course the one time I’m not paying attention it’s actually her!  We caught up a bit (apparently I “look great” — I guess the tan is working for me, yay!) and promised we’ll make plans soon.  She’s loving married life and living in the boonies!

After about 10 minutes chatting (glad I left home early and gave myself plenty of time so I didn’t have to worry about stopping to say hello), I continued on.  Today is going to be the hottest day of the year yet, peaking at 100 degrees this afternoon, and the weather was already on the upper-80’s in the morning.  The sun was shining strong, and there’s no shade where I run, so I was literally dripping with sweat after the first mile.

I stopped and walked a couple of times while sipping water, but nothing longer than a few seconds.  When I was ready to give up because I was getting lazy, I finally saw my building and sprinted to it.  I finished the run a little short of 44 minutes, covering 3.85 miles.  It felt good.  I definitely want to do it again, and maybe next time I’ll bring my camera and take pictures along the way — DC that early in the morning is quiet and beautiful.

The sun was to my right side the whole time.  I have to remember to put on sunscreen, to avoid one side of my face looking darker than the other.  That would be interesting…

I attempted a cellphone picture when I got to the locker room shower…  Quality is crap and I have no clue why I’m making that face (and can you tell I’m sleep deprived?  Look at those bags under my eyes!) but it shows a bit how soaking wet I was post-run, it really was disgusting:

Unfortunately the picture does not show the beads of sweat on my forehead, or even the sweat dripping down my legs.  Hmmmm, maybe I should rephrase that…  FORTUNATELY, the picture does not show these things!


Filed under Chicago Marathon Training, Run Commute

3 responses to “Run to Work!

  1. Ha! I am not the only one who thinks you look great.

    Running to work sounds like a lot of fun! I hope the temps don’t stay that hot so you can do it more often if you want!

    • I’m thinking of running home once a week, running to work once a week. That will give me enough variety! And the temperature will stay hot, but that shouldn’t stop me. It’s not like I have a choice, with Chicago in the horizon…

  2. Pingback: My 11 miler! With way too many pictures… « I Run, You Run

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