Friday, July 17, 2009

4:45

That's what time the alarm went off this morning.

My company is having a big outdoor party this afternoon (woot!) and I'd like to have a glass of wine or two, so I knew I had to get my run done early. I was out the door at 5:15 for 11K.

I was feeling pretty stiff and slow, which could be due to the early hour but also because I played softball last night for the first (hopefully not last) time all season! Some of you may recall that I played on two teams last summer. This year I decided to bench myself because I didn't want to risk overdoing it on
my shoulder. Fortunately, it's been feeling great so I was able to accept when my team was down a player last night. I really miss playing. It was so much fun - and we won!

The rest of my week has been good. After Tuesday's double, I had a 12K on the schedule for Wednesday. There was a 'minor' setback when I locked my keys in the car after arriving at the park (in the pouring rain). I was tempted to throw in the towel and call Mom to rescue me (hubby is out of town), but I had my house key on me so I sucked it up and ran home for my spare keys, then back to the park. I finished it off at 10K, cutting it short because it was getting close to 10:30. I don't like being out so late on my own, especially when hubby is out of town and wouldn't be home to make sure I got back okay.

Yesterday I ran a little 6K at lunch due to playing softball after work. Thursdays are usually workout days but my instructor suggested laying off this week to fully recover from Saturday's race. It was only a 5K, but I worked my butt off and really felt it.

So, today's run makes 4 days straight. I'll be taking tomorrow off and running 26K (16mi) on Sunday. If everything goes according to plan, I'll hit a new milestone of 65K (40mi) this week.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend! Make sure you drop by Running Journal to wish Denise good luck on her first ultra this weekend!

[Scroll down to yesterday's post to find out who won my Recovery Sock giveaway!]

29 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

wowzers that's early. Good for you for getting it done though!! Glad the shoulder help up well for softball, good to take a slow approach to getting back into it though :) Nice job on the mileage!! That's outstanding! Enjoy the BBQ and have a great weekend!

The Tri Runner said...

4:45 is early. You have my respect.

Have fun at the party!

Christy said...

That's commitment for you! Good job.

Oh and just so you know, I bragged about you here. I think you're so inspiring: http://workoutmommy.com/2009/07/16/be-kind-to-others-and-you-could-win-a-tshirt-and-starbucks/

Lacey Nicole said...

holy mackerel talk about middle of the night :) although if you get to bed early enough then it's so much easier waking up. you have had a great week- running and also softball!!! you're really making me miss basketball... having a team, playing... so great you could jump back in! :) have a great day! and congrats on (knock on wood) the 40 mpw! :)

lindsay said...

i have a hard enough time getting up at 4:30 or earlier to get ready for work. blech. nice job on the super early run!! :) hope you have enough energy to fully enjoy the wine later ;)

B.o.B. said...

Great job on getting up so early. I hate getting up early on any day other than Saturday (can go home and nap!)

It's safe to get home early on evening runs. Be careful out there.

Have a glass of wine for me!

Jen and Rob said...

You definetely enjoy a glass or two or three for getting up that early!

J said...

that stinks about locking your keys in the car, in the rain! Bummer! Hope the long run goes well this weekend!

Runner Leana said...

Ah yes, love the 4 am hour wake up calls. I am familiar with those! Great job on the runs this week!

Marky Mark said...

I saw 4:45 and immediately thought it was a marathon finish time....

Laura said...

Good job getting all that mileage in! Good luck on your 16 miles this week.

Zorbs said...

That's not early! I saw your tweet and I was already up and dressed. I generally don't run before 6:30 am though, even though I get up at 4:15 most mornings.

Mark said...

Yes! 40 miles!! That's great esp. with that great 5k you raced. I love softball, good cross training!:)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

What is the 4:45 am that people sometimes reference. I'm not sure that I believe it exists as I have never seen it...

Jess said...

That's the middle of the night! Good job getting up and getting it done.

Denise said...

Aw, Marlene!! That was so nice of you!! Thanks.

Enjoy your glass of wine or two...in fact, have one for me. I'm hoping I feel ok to enjoy one when this is all over!!

TNTcoach Ken said...

4:32, that's when my alarm goes off but no running until I have a coffee, bathroom break and SportsCenter fix!

The Happy Runner said...

You are hardcore!

Enjoy your day off tomorrow and good luck on the long run!

Julia said...

I don't think I've ever woken up that early before.... :) You are so dedicated! That glass of wine, or two is gonna taste soooo good!
Have a nice weekend!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Thanks for the conversion for us mile peeps.. Softball FUN!! You are working HARD this week..WOWZERS!! I thought about getting up at 4:30 every day this week and never made it. OOPS!!

I saw your email :)

Have a great weekend..

EndorphinBuzz said...

Wow, that is crazy early. Major props for not just cutting one from the schedule.

teacherwoman said...

4:45. Oh, how I am not ready to see that time on my clock when the alarm goes off... but in a month, when back at school, it will be the plan! LOL

Nice work with the runs. Enjoy your day of rest tomorrow and have fun with your 26K Sunday!

N.D. said...

Holy mama - 4:45!! Great job getting up and getting in the run. 40 miles for the week is amazing! You are doing great!

X-Country2 said...

I woke up at 4:45 this morning too. Except I was catching a flight and was back asleep before the plane pulled away from the gate. No way I could have ran.

cami said...

40 miles in a week is quite impressive... as is waking up at 04:45. :)

chris mcpeake said...

Way to build up that mileage. Keep it up

RunningLaur said...

Hope all those k's go really well!

M-Rah said...

Yikes! Running at 10:30 pm is definitely late! I'm glad you got home! I'm the same way--don't like running late or in the dark! I hope your 16 miler was awesome! ;)

aron said...

YAY for early morning runs!! they get easier :) but it does take me a while to warm up. nice job!