7:30 am. Coffee in hand. Sweaty legs stuck to the chair. Those are signs of a good morning.
Today marks day two in a row that I set my alarm early and got out of the house for a run before anyone woke up. Accomplishing this in the summer when it’s light out, warm, and I don’t have to come home and go to work, isn’t nearly as daunting as in the winter months when, let’s be honest, I just don’t do it.
Yesterday’s run felt great. But today, I was dragging. I was dragging from the moment my alarm went off. Sleep eluded me last night and I tossed and turned…a lot. So, when the buzz sounded at 6:30 am, I just wanted to hit snooze, roll over, and save the run for later. Luckily, I didn’t.
Instead, I opened up my NikePlus app to check my status in the “most miles this month” to see that I was less than two miles away from second place. So, I made a deal with myself that I only needed to run two miles and then I’d be done.
As I began my run, I was not feeling spunky in the least. As I ran the dirt roads near my home, I tried to picture where exactly I was going to get to turn around when I heard the sweet voice of the NikePlus lady tell me that I’d completed one mile. Honestly, I never turn around after one mile, so I was having a difficult time figuring it out. And I was getting tired.
When, out of no where, a herd of runners appeared. Seriously, I think there were six of them and they looked like the real deal. Lean, fresh, chatting, laughing, sprinting?, and grinning from ear to ear. As I neared them, the super annoying NikePlus lady burst out, “One mile complete. Average pace 9 minutes, 43 seconds,” and I wanted to punch her in the nose. The chances of me turning around at that point, and having to run with this group of what appeared to be, professional runners, was slim to zero. Not going to happen. So, I waved a good morning, and continued on.
Once I was sure they were out of sight, I slowed to a walk, checked my app, and saw that I’d run 1.5 miles. Which meant my two mile run had just turned into a three mile run, thanks to a pack of runners and my own pride.
But, wouldn’t you know it, my other NikePlus buddies must have been out there running their own miles this morning because I only held my second place status for about an hour. Well done, ladies.