July 17, 2014

I'm Becoming a Morning Runner

These weeks are just flying by! I can't believe it's Thursday already.. time to catch up!


I started the week by trying to run a few miles in my temporary new neighborhood. We're staying with friends for the next two weeks until our house closes. It's worked out really well so far!

It was a little slow because I was feeling pretty beat, and I didn't know where I was going so I hit some intense hills. At least the scenery was pretty!


The next morning, I got up super early to run with my housemate (?), which was awesome because now I have a running buddy!

A little slow again, but I think it's a triumph to run that fast and be able to hold a conversation! Also: we saw a bunny rabbit, and more importantly, A DEER.

From across the street! Chelsey grabbed my arm and told me to stop and this deer just stared at us. It was so awesome!!

A little hard to see, but still sooo cool! It was also awesome to end our workout by 6am. I felt like time was infinite - like I could do any task and still have time to do whatever I wanted! - but of course, I took a nap. Ho-hum.

Since we only did 3.3 miles, and I had 5 miles written down to complete, I just finished it out after my voice lesson. It kind of sucked that it was so much hotter, but I got to work on my speed a little more.

Yikes! Super hot. But at least it was short?


The next morning, I started to realize that if I only ran 3 miles in the morning with Chelsey, and then took a huge break and ran again later in the day, it wouldn't really be training for longer distances at all - more like just short distances. So, the next morning, I told Chelsey I'd run with her for 3 miles, and then I'd run by myself. I felt perfectly safe, as the sun is almost fully out, and there are even other runners out in the neighborhood!

I was pretty happy about it - the first three miles with Chelsey got faster and faster, and after I took a breather, the second three miles just got faster and faster, even though they started slower. This one was a struggle - her neighborhood is really hilly, and hard to get used to. My hamstrings were really sore for two days after this!

The morning views are absolutely stunning!!


I enjoyed a well deserved sleep in, and performed the NTC Beginner Get Strong Pump Station, but I feel like I only did about 3/4ths of it because my hamstrings were still so sore. Remember, I'm going to dance class every weeknight from 6pm-10pm!


Today I got back at it, and drove the 30 minutes to my marathon training park (Marymoor Park) - though it's so nice that we get to stay with our friends, they're pretty far away from the things we're used to - so I could run 7 un-hilly miles. They felt great, though it was a bit cold!

60 degrees (and windy!) is a bit chilly when running in short sleeves - I would have been much more comfortable in long sleeves, but of course all my long sleeved workout tops are in storage. Womp, womp!

I wasted some gas and drove all the way back to Issaquah so I could shower, and then drove all the way back to Redmond so I could go to a Restore Yoga class, but it was SO worth it. My hamstrings aren't screaming at me anymore, and I just feel so relaxed! With the additional nightly dance classes, I'm only going to Restore Yoga classes instead of trying to add on Power Yoga. I think it's probably really smart.

Phew, so here we are! The week will continue with more running, with a much needed break on Sunday - I can't wait!


  1. Aren't you from Texas and you are describing 71 as super hot? Ha! It has been in the 70s this week and it feels so nice, compared to the 80s and 90s we've had recently :) It is dry heat here, though, so no humidity.

    1. Hahaha! You're so right - it's just because of that blasted June-uary that I got used to upper 50s, low 60s temps for running! :P There's no denying that summer has arrived in Seattle, so I'd better get used to it! :D