I am still a night runner and always will be! If you know me at all, you know that I get sunburns very badly, even with sunscreen. However, I have never heard of anyone getting a moon-burn! My runs (often walks) start typically no earlier that 8pm. This is such a beautiful time to be out because the sun is getting ready to set around 8:30, most of the wildlife I run from (snakes) are usually sleeping, and the animals I DO enjoy are out and about. Last night, Adam and I walked and we saw a couple rabbits and a deer that ran about 50 feet in front of us while we walked on the ECU Intramural Fields. That's the place we like to walk the most! It's also the place where he where proposed last month!
Some people ask what I think about while I am out for hours at a time. And I'm pretty sure some people think I could be using my time better. So here are some answers.
1. I listen to a LOT of podcasts. My favorite podcast is the Rich Roll Podcast and I listen to it religiously. He has a lot of different kinds of guests and there have only been a couple I have either not been interested in, or couldn't bear to listen to (like his interview with a guy who talks in depth about witnessing the Yulin Dog Meat Festival) So many of his guests speak about how to better your life and how to get more out of the work you put in. A couple nights ago I listened to episode #373 with Utkarsh Ambudkar, who is a friend of Lin-Manuel Miranda who created the musical "Hamilton". Utkarsh was supposed to star in the role of Aaron Burr but missed out of the opportunity because of ego, and eventually addiction. I always learn something from these interviews and it develops me as a person. Episode #372 was with Alex Barayan, a guy who refuses to take no as an answer and went on to interview Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Quincy Jones and others! What he learned was that success comes from taking chances. His interview was very entertaining! I didn't even notice the blister that started to form on my heel! You really should check this podcast out! It has been life changing for me!
2. I wedding plan! When you have a few hours to spare, you might as well use them to be productive while working on your physical health! Everyone has something BIG on their mind. Some of us have a lot of things on our mind so this is perfect time to have THINK TIME (Okay, I'm a teacher using my teacher words in the summer!) When I work out alone, I fill the silence with thoughts of the future. I think about the wedding, I think about my career, and something I just let my mind wander. Not all those who wander are lost, am I right?
3. I fell in love with audio-books. Right now I am listening to Simone Biles The Courage to Soar. I just love a good autobiography by a gymnast! Other books I have listened to on the run are It's Not About Perfect by Shannon Miller, North by Scott Jurek, Running Man by Charlie Engle, and A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio. These books take my mind off the pain I am in and turn it into motivation to keep moving forward. It's the best personal development! There go those teacher words again!
Adam is training with me too! His goal at Hinson Lake is to complete a half marathon. I am so proud of him! He gets in a lot of miles with me which helps me to pass the time on my feet. Last night we walked a few miles under a beautiful heat lighting storm. I love these workouts with him because I never know where the conversation is going to lead us. We talk about everything... We talk about the race and where we want to put the tent this year, what we want to have IN the tent this year like earplugs and more padding on the ground. We look up at the stars and talk about life in other places and what the Earth must look like to outsiders. We talk about religion and politics and our frustrations with both. We also talk about my favorite topic: the wedding! There is so much to plan, and hours on our feet is a good time to start working on ideas for the big day!
Off to bed now... tomorrow's workout is 10 miles!