So, for the third time, I began week 5 today. If you recall, I did days one and two twice before I moved on to day 3 last time around. As they say, practice makes perfect and I'm pretty sure I have this one down now. It was really nice to have a good run. I didn't run into any wild animals and I didn't hate being out there. I finished the intervals with relative ease and felt good at the end. All in all, a very successful outing.
I am going to run the second interval the day after tomorrow just to give myself one more ramp up, but once again, I'll say it - I am getting over the intervals. I think I have reached the point where I just need to go out and run and adjust my pace as I go. I refuse to watch a stop clock while doing this program and as much as I like the Chubby Jones Podcast, I don't love all the music she chooses. I just look forward to going out there, listening to what I want and running.
As you might have ascertained by reading my various blog entries, some of my surrounding area leaves a bit to be desired. I live in an absolutely beautiful place though. People travel the world to come visit the majestic Redwoods we have here and I live two miles from the beautiful California coast. There are beautiful trails that follow the coastline and weave in and out of the wooded areas. Sounds perfect, right? Here's the thing: am I safe to go out into the forest by myself and run these trails? Is it wise for me to go running alone on the Hammond Trail when many parts of it are somewhat remote?
I love the solitude I have while running. It seems like the only time in my day when I don't need to be responsive to anyone else for any reason. You stay-at-home moms out there understand. I love what I do and feel very blessed to be able to stay home with my kids, but that doesn't mean it is perfect. Like every job out there, it has its frustrations and aggravations. So this being said, I am not particularly interested in finding a running partner. It would be fun to run with friends now and then or enter races with other runners I know, but as far as the every day routine goes, I prefer to go it alone. So what's a girl to do? I want to venture out and find better spots to run in, but I don't want to be putting myself in peril for it. What do the rest of you do? How do you shake it up and keep it fresh while staying safe?
I look forward to hearing from you all. In the meantime, I wish you all safe and happy trails and hope you feel as I do - that this mission is possible. We can be fit. We can be healthy. We can run and we can even like it! You can do it and I can do it too!