I love summer for baseball, not so much for the heat. In fact, I detest heat and humidity. Odd coming from a girl from Hawai'i, right? Lucky for me, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area where we (usually) have year-round mild temperatures. To take it even further, I live in one of the windiest (I like to call it "breezy") areas of the Bay, and work in one of the coolest, foggiest towns. Awesome, except for those 1-2 weeks a year where it is blazingly hot. Right now is one of them. Its not the worst I've ever felt it, but its definitely plenty warm enough for me. I usually run at the crack of dawn when its still cool, foggy, and in the low 50s. Perfect. Running during the quietness of the morning is a great way to start your day.
Well my workout today was to run some hill sprints. Since there are zero hills around me, I couldn't do the usual, "lace 'em up and hit the road" routine. I considered my options:
1. Hit the trails 2. Run the hills around my office building.
The trails would have required me to drive 15-20 minutes to them, run, then drive back. Not enough time to do before work. And since after work running is not an option for me this week, that left me with Option #2. Lucky for me, there is a full locker room at work. So I packed up all my crap; i.e., shower stuff, hair dryer, make-up, work clothes, etc, etc, and headed to the office just before 6 am.
[[As I drove out of my neighborhood I spotted 2 huge raccoons. I have an immense fear of raccoons. During the winter I had phantom sightings of them, but had never gotten a good look. Well I sure saw them this morning. They were strolling down the street, going in and out of people's yards. I rolled my window down to take a photo. They both turned at looked at me, and I swear, 'posed'. They were not afraid at all. Ummm, so what are you supposed to do if you come face-to-face with these things?!?]]
I knew this would be a hard workout, but strangely enough, I wasn't dreading it as much as I thought I would. I ran a mile around the block, which started on an uphill, crossed flat, then ended downhill. From that end point, I back tracked for 6 hill sprints, jogging down and resting for a bit between each one.
The first couple ones were hard. I was cursing. I kept thinking, "I can't believe I have 5 more of this to do." Eventually I stopped thinking about it, and just did it. By the time I got to the last 2 I think I was in a robotic state. I finished by running another mile around the block.
After stretching and getting cleaned up, I was at my desk and ready to start the day before 8 am, about an hour earlier than I normally get in. Along with the workout, that extra hour made the day so much more productive. It was amazing, I had so much more focus. I was able to answer all my emails and complete my "to-do" list for the day; no putting anything off till tomorrow! For once I felt on top of the game. As Jess said in her post today about working out, "I honestly and truly just love...the burst of energy and the positive mood it always puts me in." There's nothing like starting your day with a great workout!