October 23, 2001

This morning run business is getting easier and easier. Last night I went to bed at 10:00 or some strangely early hour (for me) and though I didn’t sleep very soundly (I seemed to wake up every 2 hours, like clockwork) I slept for long enough that I was well-rested. Now I’m not tired like I was yesterday, so this morning running thing might not be so bad after all.

Yesterday afternoon I felt downright lazy, seeing everyone running around and being outdoorsy. I forgot that I had already exercised, so that will take a bit of getting used to as well. It was a gorgeous afternoon, though. Sigh. How I wish New Orleans could always be like this. Well, maybe 5-10 degrees cooler. But the low humidity is beautiful!

We decided that on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, we would run at the park, since we don’t have to be up as early. We were supposed to run with Sarah, so we started at her house, but (surprise, surprise!*) she wasn’t there, so we went without her. There was some fog lingering in the grassy areas, and when we got to the golf-course side of the park, the sun was streaming through the trees looking rather fetching. We also went the opposite way that we usually do, which made the whole run just that much stranger. We had to go around once, then keep going for 5 more minutes, then turn around to make the entire 30 minutes. According to my (not entirely reliable) pedometer, we went 2.2 miles in 30 minutes, which is a 13:40 mile, approximately. I’m fine with that, I’m not surprised or anything, but Kristina’s getting a little antsy. She wants to go faster, which is fine, but I’m just not ready for that. But then she’s not training for anything, so it’s not surprising that her goals might consist of speed instead of endurance. Hmmm.

Anyway, the 30 minutes isn’t bad at all, we’re really getting used to it. I think in the next couple of weeks we’re going to have a few minutes to that, maybe 3-5 minutes a week? And longer on the weekends? Maybe 45 minutes to start with? I really do need to make up a training schedule for the weeks remaining until I start the marathon training. I have eight full weeks (not including this one) until then. Hmmmm. Will work on that.

Oooh – also, I think I’ve lost a couple more pounds. My scale sucks though, so I’m not entirely sure. I’ll pretend like it’s right. Ha ha!

*Sarah is always late. Always, always, always. You can set your watch by it. (Set it back at least 30 minutes.)