Each day, I receive a quote/"Daily Kick in the Butt" from Runners World via email. This quote came on Monday morning:
The best part of a run? The birds chirping, the awesome air, and the fact that a lot of people are still sleeping. The worst? The first couple of steps. Just getting the creaks out. -- Summer Sanders, Olympic gold medalist in swimming and TV commentator
The more I have thought about this quote, the more I realize how true it really is... A prime example was this past Saturday. Debbie and I planned to run 11 miles at 7 a.m. At first, I was looking forward to it... Of course, by the time the alarm clock went off at 5:30 a.m., I was none too pleased. When I arrived at Debbie's, I think her thoughts were similar. We both agreed that running at 7 a.m. was probably best, considering that the half would probably start at 7 a.m. - a good test.
The run started off pretty dang good. We have been running on a relatively new trail that runs right beside the Neuse River in north Raleigh. On Saturday morning, it was just chilly enough for there to be a fog coming off the water. We saw several deer near the beginning, etc. It was awesome to just be surrounded by quiet and nature. It definitely made a not so exciting/desirable run better :-)
25 days till the OBX half!!!