Wednesdays are usually my day to “sleep in”. And by “sleep in” – I mean 6:00 a.m., at the latest. This morning, my son had other plans in mind for me. At 5:10 I hear the stage 1 “whimper”. At 5:15, I begin to hear the stage 2 “whine”, which is then followed by the full out stage 3 “scream so loud the dog starts barking”. I managed to get him before we entered stage 3. After I got him back to bed 30 minutes later I stared at the clock…. What to do, what to do…??? My options include – (1) going back to bed, (2) cleaning (not fun, but needed), or (3) getting in a quick run. More often than not, #1 is my go to option on Wednesdays; but today, I felt like changing it up.
Today I decided to hit up an early morning solo run. The time change is finally on my side! For the past several winter months, if I wanted to get a morning run in – it would have to be in pitch black darkness. And let’s be honest, that is not the safest thing in the world to do. So, I quietly sneaked in my bedroom, grabbed my pre-packed gym bag filled with clothes, and creeped like a stealth ninja down the stairs to change. Now this part is important – there are few things you need to know about my situation right now.
- My house is OLD with wood floors. This translates into every step I take reverberating through the house via super squeaky floors. Literally, my floors are out of control. If I roll over in bed, the floor squeaks. #buyerremorse?
- Baby G has super-sonic hearing. I think he should have been cast in the X-Men movies because if I take one step and hit the wrong “plank” – he is up. And by “up”, please refer to Stage 3 above.
So here I am, in my dining room changing, lacing up my shoes, ready to go brush my teeth before I leave… and Wait… What? Oh NO?!?! I LEFT MY TOOTHBRUSH UPSTAIRS!!!!!!
I am at a crossroads at this point. Going back up the stairs to retrieve my toothbrush will, no doubt, release the beast (aka – wake up G). However, not brushing my teeth? That’s just gross. I quickly check the video monitor – still sleeping…. I’m doing it. I’m going out – funky breath and all. I have always loved a good gamble, so here we go. Let’s hope I don’t run into anyone I know.
I enjoyed my quick 30 minute, 3.5 mile run. I probably could have run a little bit faster and farther, but of course I had to stop to take a selfie out in front of Leg Hall. It’s so peaceful at 6:00 in the morning.
I quickly looped back to my house thankful that I did not run into anyone I knew. I saw one other walker out by Silver Lake, and tried as best as I could to hold my morning breath in as I passed her.
I felt great during my run, bad breath and all! I had a great pace and the weather was gorgeous. Back at the house, everyone was still sleeping and coffee was brewed. I grabbed a quick cup of coffee and packed my lunch. I tip toed upstairs to grab my toothbrush, made it about halfway up – and Boom – here we go stage 3. Let the day begin….. But hey, at least I got my run in!
Do you run first thing in the morning? Do you run solo or with friends? More importantly, please tell me I am not the only person who has snuck out for a solo run without brushing?!?