These are the last 3 things that I would have said would be a part of this morning’s hill repeat workout – but they were a part. I got up at 5am with the goal of running by 6am. The air was warm – so I didn’t have to wear more than a long-sleeve top, a hat, gloves and shorts (running shoes too). It was about 52F though I did run through a few nice patches of even warmer air.
The moon was full a few days ago – so I still had quite a bit of moonlight to run by. The warm up is about 15-20 mins of easy running to the hill (.25 miles long) where I went an easy Z1. The only problem is that there are quite a number of trees that blocked the moonlight – so I ran in the pitch black which always feels weird – you can sort of see where you are but not exactly. A car or two went by and left me blind for a good 2-3 mins where I got within a foot of falling off the road and down into a ravine. My head really did not like running in the dark and I felt really dizzy – it was like I didn’t trust that each step would find solid pavement.
I ran in the moonlight on the hills and that helped – but now I was going up the hill, along with my HR and the cheery Clif shot I had before the run. I don’t know why I ever get any flavor other than Cola, Vanilla or Plain. I always pay the price of a ‘return visit’ every single time. I will only get Vanilla, I will only get Vanilla, I will only get Vanillia….
As I got to the top of the hill I remembered seeing a dead skunk on the side of the road the day before – so I had a putrid smell to endure just about the time my HR saw 185+ as well as the top of the hill.
I did catch a whiff of early season Jasmine somewhere along the run which has only one rival for ‘best smell while exercising’ – BBQ.