Tonight is the first night of my holiday! I decided to take tomorrow off from work. It would have been a half day, but the energy required for waking, readying and feeding children, dropping them off and getting to work just wasn't worth it!
This way I can have a relaxing morning, get my house in order, shop for baking and cooking and just soak in my kids. Because that's what I love to do on my days off.
I started my holiday with a fabulous run. I got started a little later than intended, so I was under the gun to finish before it was pitch black and before my husband and/or children imploded. Well, really they do fine without me; they just like when I'm there too.
My legs were feeling spry and springy, so I decided to take off at a faster pace than normal. Then I decided to just push it the whole run. If I can run 4-5 miles around 9:00/mile on a treadmill, I should be able to transfer that to the road. There were a few times I had to slow down because I was getting a side-stitch, but mostly I was booking it.
As it got darker and darker, that was even more impetus to be speedy. I usually run on the street because the asphalt is better than concrete sidewalks. But it got too dark for me to feel safe since I really wasn't dressed for night running. I had to be careful on the sidewalks because there are uneven breaks and bumps from tree roots.
I was pretty happy when I finished to see that I ran almost 3.75 miles and my pace was 9:30. I just need to keep pushing myself. I have been thinking it would be fun to run the same half marathon for the next few years just for the sake of trying better my time each year.
It was a good start to what should be several great days. No one is sick or injured as of right now. family is coming in.
There are days that I'm overwhelmed and discouraged. There are things I wish were different, and maybe one day will be.
But overall, I truly love my life.