Saturday, July 19, 2008

11:41 PM

Yep, that's what time it is now. And I just finished 7 miles. On the treadmill. It wasn't pretty, but its done.

I decided to do this for a few reasons:
1. I'm much more of a night person. Unfortunately, the lack of decent streetlights and sidewalks around here doesn't really lend itself to nighttime running.
2. Everything was all warmed up from moving around all day, so no need for a big warm-up.
3. Iffy weather on Sunday. Possible storms & humidity.
4. Now, when I get up tomorrow morning, I can drink coffee & watch the news instead of fretting over when said run would take place.

I realize running on the treadmill will likely happen again during marathon training, but I think I'll try to keep it to runs under 5 miles.

Back to the sidewalk thing. I grew up on the northwest side of Chicago. There were sidewalks on both sides of the street, everywhere. It's not like that in the 'burbs, and it makes me crazy, because it really messes with my running routes (as well as walking & bicycle riding routes). Add to that the lack of decent streetlights. Sure, they're around, but not well-placed. Maybe this is part of the suburban charm, you know, being less like the city, but given the suburban sprawl, it really doesn't make any sense.

Okay, now its 12:02. I'm going to stretch, shower and go to bed. Sweet dreams!