I had the opportunity to meet MCM Mama at the bloggy get together last weekend. She's EXACTLY like her blog -- smart, funny, straight-to-the point, confident.
I opted to do the doable 4 miler. I set out tonight just after 8pm when the kids were headed to bed. Hubby had already gotten in his miles for the day and helped put the kids to bed (thank you!). It was cool and a slight breeze. I was sad that the sun was already setting at 8:10. I was feeling great heading out into the neighborhood and was feeling speedy, even though I was putting out a moderate effort. I reached the top of my first hill at mile one. Usually my watch reads around 10 minute for a midweek training run, but it read 9:13!! I continued on and at mile 2 it was pretty dark. For some reason some of the street lights weren't on and I was really trying to watch my footing in the dark. There were no bugs in sight and I wasn't even breaking a sweat. The cool breeze felt awesome. This was one of the few times this summer that I didn't wear a running tank. My Madison Marathon technical top felt loose and comfy as I ran in the dark. I passed several runners and people out walking their dogs. I passed Little Diva's school around mile three, with the "Welcome Back" sign out front. It made me realize that summer was really coming to an end ... sigh. I headed up my last hill and was sprinting with all I had. I was feeling awesome and breathing hard at this point. On the downhill I had a huge smile on my face and felt like I could run forever. I wish every run (or race!) felt like that.