When I woke up this morning, there wasn’t a speck of sunlight. Alarm, snooze, alarm, coffee. I had a ten-miler on the agenda and my Garmin watch seemed to take as long to wake up as I did. It just wasn’t in the mood to “locate satellites” but luckily I know my route’s mile-markers by heart.
Before turning the light on when my alarm went off at 4:32am, I grabbed a random t-shirt in the dark. (Over six years of running, I have accumulated a lot of t-shirts.) It ended up being a camp shirt from the high school Runner’s Workshop summer camp. Man I miss summer camps! I went to Runner’s Workshop two years in a row, and I wish there was a version for college kids. A week in the mountains with runners from all over SoCal and so many great things to do. We had zip-lining, a sky coaster (free fall from 40ft tree branch – AH!), tie-dying, scavenger hunts, silly games, camp fires, obstacle courses, a belly flop contest, and miles of trail running.
Back to this morning…. 5 miles in, the sun popped up but the weirdly-shaped clouds and pinky glow of the sky along with neat lines of palm trees left me repeating how pretty it was outside. As dreadful as it is to wake up at 4:30, I really don’t think there is a better time to run. By mile 9, I was feelin’ gooood and decided to pick up the tempo (a little credit goes to my ipod which spontaeously played Lil Jon) and logged a 6:20 last mile. Done by 6:13am!
At work today, I counted down til noon when I could leave the office for an hour. As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of eating out for lunch but 9 hours is a long time to spend in a confined space. I always have a book in my purse so I grabbed my car keys and drove to Starbucks. I was all ready to order my usual (skinny cinnamon dolce latte) but the long line of customers gave me time to read the new colorful menu. Orange-Spiced Iced Coffee. First thought: Ew. Second thought: Why not.
It was fantastic! (Despite the atrocious spelling of my name on the cup. There is no “Mac” before “Kenzie”…get it straight!) Orange and coffee sounds like a combination up there with pickles & ice cream/mustard & chocolate/peanut butter & pineapple. But it was strangely delicious and I want another one. Since the inside seating was taken by men in suits with laptops, I sat outside and knocked out three chapters before heading back to my desk. Ironically, the main character referenced a summer camp as if it were the theme of the day.
On days when I complete all of my mileage in the morning, I just don’t know what to do with myself after work! The extra amount of free time is so new :)