Between two races this week (Sunday 1/2 marathon, done! Saturday 10K, coming up!), my logic tells me it may not be smart to run 4 out of the 5 days in between. My logic also tells me that it was a great idea to finally get new running shoes. They feel amazing! Only when you lace up new kicks and notice that extra pep in your step, do you realize how worn down those old ones had become. Ouch.
Sidenote: I run with Nike Pegasus 26 shoes. They came out with a new model, but I did some serious searching and tracked down a pair of the “old” model in my size – 20% off because they’re trying to get rid of them. Win-win!
I digress. Today I decided to give the legs a running-break, but I was still craving my morning sweat. So, I took the new running kicks out…for a bike ride.
The Blackberry can only do so much justice – can you see that pink, morning sky poking through?
I was in awe. I stopped to take this on my way back over the Memorial bridge; breathtaking, DC, you’ve outdone yourself. Yes, that is the Lincoln Memorial in the background. If I hadn’t been so into the whole “workout” thing, I would have stopped 50 times to take more pictures of the sunrise: behind the Washington Monument, reflecting on the Potomac River, grasping each side of the Capitol. I’m now convinced there is no better time to ride – 5:00-6:15 a.m. That’s your window of opportunity.
Now, what’s missing during a morning-ride? TRAFFIC. The streets are empty while the commuters get in their last hour of sleep, and the few of us lucky enough to be out there enjoy the quiet of the roads. Perfection.
15 miles in 65 minutes. Hello, Wednesday. Now I’m ready for you.