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4 miles.  Hills.  50 min.

5:45:  my alarm goes off.  I’m am shocked at how awake I am.  The thought of getting up and going for a run crosses my mind…quickly…and I decide to go back to sleep.  I laid in bed for 10 minutes.  I just couldn’t go back to bed.  Maybe if I give myself just 5 more minutes, I’ll drift off.  I even re-set my alarm for 7:15 with no intention of getting out of bed before that.

Something happened.  I just couldn’t stay in bed.  Finally, at 6:15 this morning, I got myself out the door and started my 4 mile run.  I was doing great!  There was much more traffic than I expected.  I had to wait at a couple of lights for a while, but the weather was cool.  It was nice and overcast with a little breeze.  When I got to my first big hill, I felt fantastic.  I convinced myself that I was not going to stop to take a break.  About 3/4 of the way to the top, my body had other plans.  Out of nowhere, I started dry-heaving.  It was miserable and a little embarassing since it was on a pretty high-traffic street.

In my haste to get out the door (since I woke up 30 minutes late), I didn’t eat breakfast.  I had flashbacks to May…GROSS!  While I’m puking my guts out on the side of the road, I’m thinking to myself, “great, now I’ll have to walk home and I’ll be late to work.”  All of a sudden, I felt fine.  I realized that just because I puked didn’t mean that I was done running for the day.

I picked up my pace and finished strong.  I ran past a flock of birds that was in the middle of a pretty intense fight.  It was crazy.  They did not care one bit about how close I got to them.  I’ve never seen that happen before.  I also ran past a very elderly couple that was out for their morning walk.  They were so cute.  I hope that when I’m older this is something that I’ll be able to do with my spouse.  What a great way to start the day together?!?!

Even though it took me 50 minutes to run 4 miles, I’m really proud of it.  I got up early to get it done before work and I puked and kept going.  It was a great start to what has been a very productive day.  Hopefully, tomorrow I will wake up with enough time to have breakfast before I head out the door.

Blessings!

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