What has crickets, fireworks and pepper spray? A night run!
Two weeks ago my uncle gave me a handheld pepper spray called The Jogger.
(mine’s cooler though ’cause it’s pink!)
It’s great because you don’t actually have to grasp it – the tube straps onto your hand so you can keep your grip nice and loose. My mom says my uncle worries about me running alone and I thought was really sweet and thoughtful for him to pick this up for me – though I wasn’t really sure when I would actually use it. Tonight was it.
When I got home from work today I had a horrible stomach ache (side note: I’ve gotten these terrible bouts of stomach pains since high school. I always chocked it up to IBS but I’m beginning to wonder if maybe it’s a mild gluten allergy. I looked up the symptoms and was surprised to see that I had several including hypothyroidism, Reynaud Syndrome, syncope and psoriasis – crazy!). Anyway, back to the stomach ache… it passed within a few hours, but by that time it was after 8pm and the sun was setting. But then I remembered my new pepper spray and realized that all was not lost!
My workout for today was written as 5 miles including a warm up and cool down with 3 miles at a 9:17 pace. Before I set off I changed into a white shirt with plenty of reflective writing on it, left my tunes at home (no distractions in the dark!) and grabbed my new weapon. The first half mile I took it pretty slow – close to an 11 mim/mile and then kicked it up a notch for the second half. At mile 2 I changed gears again, hoping that my past two weeks on the treadmill hadn’t spoiled me and ruined my ability to hit a pace on my own. When I looked down at my watch I was stoked to see 9:04 – I barely felt like I was exerting myself. I thought briefly about slowing down to hit the 9:17 pace my plan called for but I was curious to see what I could really do so I decided to go for it.
As I ran I saw:
- A black cat get hit by a car … and then get up and run away. One life down, eight to go!
- Fireworks! I had forgotten it was Independence Day weekend. 🙂
- A karaoke bar with the doors open and some really bad singers.
When I hit my halfway point I checked my pace again and couldn’t believe it – 8:17! A full minute faster than I intended when I set out. Most of mile 4 was uphill and my lungs were burning as I crested the top, but I pushed myself on, not wanting to quit. Mile 5 was my cool down – funny how much faster a “cool down” is when you’ve been burning rubber for the past 4 miles.
My overall miles times:
10:01 <— warm up
8:58 <— cool down
Totals: 5 miles – 44:22 – 8:52 avg
Whaaaa?!?! That’s crazy talk! Who is this girl? To be completely honest I took a brief untimed breather at the top of the hill at about 3.5 miles in, but STILL.
I wish I knew what it was about this run that made it so outstanding, but it was one of those times when there were just too many variables to consider:
- First night run ever!
- First run outside in 6 days and only my second run outdoors in the past 12 days.
- The heat wave finally broke!
- Random stomach ache – though I doubt this actually helped any!
- I made Caitlin’s Veggie Eggplant Pizza for dinner. Yum! (Usually I eat dinner after my workout)
The world may never know…yes, I know, I’m totally obsessed with this commercial.