I checked the weather forecast last night and was told to expect rain in the early morning. Since the weather forecast is never right, I set my alarm for 5AM anyway. At 5AM I got up, looked out the window, saw rain, and went back to bed. I may be dumb enough to run in the dark, but I'm not crazy enough to run in the dark when its raining.
I knew I needed to get todays run in since my schedule is already a bit messed up. I missed my run on Monday and did it on Tuesday instead. In order to get three runs in this week I had two runs and only Wed, Thurs and Fri left. If I skipped today, that would put me at a Thurs and Fri run followed by a long run on Saturday ... and I'm just not ready for that much running yet.
I knew full well at 5AM I was going to have to do a PM run and yet spent my day consuming garbage as usual. I watched the weather all day and hoped it was going to give me a break tonight, and it did.
Time:38:10   Distance:3.66mi   Pace:10:26
A little over a mile into my run I had a bit of déjà vu. I was in about the exact same area as I was yesterday when another runner turned a corner right in front of me. I ended up tailing her. We were pacing about the same and I was about 20 feet behind her. She kept looking back over her left shoulder at me - either freaked out at the sound of footsteps behind her or wondering if I was going to pass her. Yesterday morning I mentioned that I thought the other runner (behind me) should have crossed the street or turned a corner. Since I was going to turn in only a few blocks, crossing the street was not an option. So, I decided to do what any runner would do. Pass her.
I picked up my pace a bit assuming (since we were pacing the same) that she would be easy to pass. Unfortunately, when I picked up my pace, she picked up hers. I got faster, she got faster. What???? So eventually I pretty much had to sprint to blow past her. I didn't know how far behind me she was or if she was even still behind me. But, in the event she was still behind me I started to worry. I couldnt run this fast for much longer and was pretty sure I was going to blow my load.
So I turned a corner a few blocks early to make sure I could avoid her and dropped my pace back down. Yes, I admit, I am a coward.
4 10:16 (pacing)
Overall I felt pretty good during the whole run. Either I properly fueled today (latte, orange crush, cranberry bliss bar from Starbucks, cheese and crackers), or the promise of a hot pizza sitting at home was enough motivation. Im thinking its the latter.