Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hallelujah

My oldest daughter came home for the night on Friday.  But when she told me she had to leave at 10 in the morning, I made the decision to miss zumba (again) so I could see her off and cook her a nice breakfast.

I woke up kind of early-a little before 7 am.  I enjoyed just relaxing, but around 7:30 I went ahead and got up to get dressed.  I ate a spoonful of peanut butter as I decided what I was going to do.  I figured I could go for a run before it got too hot, so I put on my running shoes and hit the trail.  It still felt really early to me, and I think my legs and feet agreed because I think they cursed at me when I asked them to run.  It felt slow, but since all of this is before coffee, I decided that I would go for distance rather than time.  I would run the trail and then run into the park and go from there.  It would be at least a 2.5 mile run today. 

There were a few people out walking the trail, but most of them were going the opposite direction.  When I got into the park part of the trail, I passed my very first walkers.  It seems crazy that I have never passed anyone up, but most of the time people are moving in the opposite direction.  So I saw them ahead and I wondered if they were walking faster than my slow jog.  But they got closer and closer pretty quickly, and then it happened.  I passed them.  Sounds silly, but I considered it a milestone.  When I got into the main park, I was getting kind of thirsty.  I didn't help that the park part of the run is not shaded at all.  There's a bathroom close to the entrance of the park that I would pass on my way out (I run against the traffic).  As I got closer to it, I did hit a little bit of shade with a nice breeze, and at that point I actually heard a Hallelujah chorus.  But lo and behold, there was no water fountain!  AAAHHHH!  No problem, there is a pavilion that gets rented out for gatherings and barbeque's, so surely there is one there.  But I got there, and nope!  NO WATER FOUNTAIN!!  Are you kidding me??  This is Texas people!  Normal weather for this time of year is 100 degree weather with 100% humidity!  Where are the water fountains?!?!?!?! 

I got out of the park, but rather than head back on the trail, I kept going and decided to go for three miles.  There was a section where I was supposed to cross the road, but someone had a sprinkler going, so I waited until I ran through it.  =)  It's the little things, really.

I made it to my house at exactly three miles, so I passed up my house to do an entire 5K.  My time was not as bad as I thought it would be since I really felt like I was crawling.  I wasn't too disappointed with it since it was early and hot.  My average speed was 3.8 mph with my fastest speed at 4.5, although I don't imagine I sustained that for very far. 

After stretching and resting for a few minutes; I made breakfast, but I was too hot to drink coffee.  In the end, I didn't have any coffee today until 4:30 in the afternoon; and when I got it, I think I heard the Hallelujah chorus again.  Like I said, it's the little things .  =)

So now, it's The Magic School Bus time and then it will be stories and bedtime. If I manage to stay awake while putting her to bed, I'll do the Wii Active workout tonight in my nice, cool, air-conditioned house.  And then I'll be sure to say my prayers before sleep does take over, and give Him a hallelujah for giving me the strength to keep on keeping on.

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