I have surprised myself this past while and ran more than I expected to.
That could be the end of this week's story, but I like to waffle, as you may have noticed. So here I go.
Sunday morning I had planned to go to the club to run another 10km's, but when my alarm went off at 5am, there was simply no desire to move. Well my thumb moved enough to send a message to my friends warning them not to expect me. I then turned over and carried on sleeping. I did certainly enjoy it!
Monday morning comes along and I set my alarm again. I had wakened up before the alarm and I felt quite ready to go out. Hubby on the other hand, wasn't for budging. So I set off on my own. I decided to dodge the early morning traffic by going a different route and thought that I would try run for an hour. There was a lovely cool breeze helping me along, and it was interesting watching everyone in their cars. Still asleep kids had to be cajoled into the seats, and stressed out mothers impatiently growled at them in their driveways. Sleepy dogs ignored me as I went quietly by. I am pleased to say that I was a lot quieter than I have been, as the heaving and puffing seemed to have settled again, and I am managing to last a little longer on the plod!
At the top of a high point in the suburb I glanced at my watch and was surprised to see that I had been running for 30 minutes already. I was pleased, because that meant my one hour target was achievable. Some streets looked like they had lilac carpets over them as the Jacaranda trees are shedding their colour. The smells of different perfumes reminded me of early morning walks to school many many moons ago, and I smiled to myself.
My thoughts shifted again to our dear running friend who has been with us in spirit for two years now, and smiled wider when I realised he would be raising a 'Black Label' to me out on the road on my own. I swear I heard his voice, saying 'cheers' and this helped me shine from the inside. The early morning glow may have jolted some of the dogs awake, because some of them barked curiously temporarily breaking my concentration. I sighed, thanked Joe for his energy and carried on. I got back to my house feeling rather good, and energised. This time of the morning in summer is so nice to run in, it's just such a pity we have to get up so early for it!