I got up this morning at 5:15.
The coffee pot woke up with me (since I had enough sense to prepare it last night) and my running gear was waiting on the kitchen counter. I was super quiet and out the door by 5:30.
I drove 15 miles into town for a running date. My date showed up on a motorcycle. That put a smile on my face right off the bat. Even if it was 6am.
We ran 4.65 miles in a little under 42 minutes.
I felt a real sense of accomplishment when this run was over. Phyllis (my date) has run a few half marathons and is one of those women with major stamina and endurance. Something I felt I was lacking. She is a great running partner and I really felt pushed to not slow her down and to prove I was a "real" runner. I got a side stitch (as usual) around 1.5 miles. I walked that one for about 45 seconds before picking up the pace again. The cramp continued but I ran through it. It moved to my other side and then finally left. Now that I know this is possible, I am going to always try and make it past that 1.5 mile cramp without walking. By two miles I was really warmed up. The run became super easy and the hills and false flats didn't even bother me. We came down a super fun hill towards the end and it felt like flying. I honestly think I had at least another mile in me.
After the run we had blended coffees and conversation. It was a lovely start to the day. And blasting through 450 calories before 7am didn't hurt much either!