October 29, 2013

October 29

Total time: 15 minutes
Total distance: 1.24 miles

Tonight's weather was perfect. If I could clone it for every day, I would. The temperature was in the upper fifties, it was overcast, there was the slightest of breezes but it wasn't windy... basically, this is the weather that I would love to run in every day.

While the problem of cold was temporarily solved, another issue is fast approaching: the end of Daylight Savings Time. Long gone are the days when I can hit the trail at 8pm and have it be light out long enough for me to run. It gets dark now around 6:30. And after this weekend, it will be dark at 5:30, because we have to turn our stupid clocks back an hour. It's always been a mere annoyance, having it be dark when I leave work, but I've never been so acutely aware of the rapidly disappearing daylight as I have been lately. I took it for granted until this summer, when I started paying close attention so that I could schedule my runs. And I've watched helplessly as that time slips away a little more each week. I'm at the end of the road, now. This will be my last week of being able to run in the evening with any daylight left at all, unless I reconfigure my work schedule and come in early so I can leave earlier. Given my sleep problems, I highly doubt that's going to happen.

On the bright side, even if I have to resort to a treadmill, I've still got a few more weeks left of being able to run outside on the weekend until it gets absolutely too cold. Or icy. I'm more concerned about ice than the cold, really. I'm okay with bundling up. I'm not okay with slipping and falling on my face.

But in the meantime, tonight was a lovely run and I wish I could have gone longer, because I was feeling pretty good... but I want to save my stamina for this weekend's 5K. I'll probably do one more mile run (probably on Friday - I have no real plans for Halloween but I'd like to leave the night open just in case!) and then Sunday is showtime.

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