My morning runs usually consists of running a mile with Marshall, then a second mile with Wrigley. It gets them both some needed exercise as they are young energetic dalmatians and it gets me to run twice as far. Unfortunately, for the past few days Marshall has been sick. He was throwing up, very lethargic and dehydrated. He has not been up for running.
So, even though I can work out when I’m sick, I have a difficult time running when one of my running buddies is sick. (There is probably a blog post about the importance of workout partners somewhere in there). Needless to say, Wrigley and I have been doing some walking, but not much.
This morning I decided I just needed to do it, with or without my running buddy. Every day missed is one day closer to my Ironman with no preparation. Wrigley and I ran a mile and then I did the second mile on my own. I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about running by myself. But I did it, and it had good and bad aspects.
Good – I was actually 2 minutes faster over the course of the mile. I will chalk that up to not having to stop at every bush, tree and mailbox along the way. The chart of my pace from Map My Fitness shows that my pace was relatively consistent over that mile, which makes me happy.
Bad – There was no one to talk to. I actually was lonely. And it’s not the same talking to yourself. However, that is a feeling I will have to get used to because during the race I will be alone most of the time.
All in all, I’m glad to be back to training after a few days off. Marshall is feeling better and will be up and running soon, but even so, I can run with just myself for company.
On another note, this past Saturday I participated in the Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics. You can read all about it here.