The highlights of my day, however, came after all of that. I have learned that it's pointless to try to go home between 4:30 and 5:15 because I'm going to hit traffic, and since I was already dressed from GOTR practice, I decided to tackle the first of this week's RunBet runs. I wrote in an earlier post about trying to work on my speed during this RunBet, but I was recovering from 32 miles at Chicot Challenge early last week and did hills on the treadmill yesterday, so I hadn't actually worked on speed much at all. Today, I set out to run 5K in under 30 minutes, and I just barely made it, but it counts! I have the GOTR 5K coming up on April 14, and if I don't end up being someone's running buddy, I think I might try to PR at that race. (My current record is 29:47 at last year's Mudbug Madness in Shreveport.)
I ran so hard that I had to go slowly while walking back to my car (note my differing start/end points on the map), and I even stopped to sit and catch my breath twice--once by the lake and once by a church--but I did eventually make it back to my car so I could drive back home to shower. When he finished at work, Richard and I went out for a date night, which was a nice Monday night treat. (Honestly, spending time with Richard over a burrito bowl is a treat any day of the week.) We also went to the grocery store because I wanted new ice cream, and if you don't think the fact that I had fun doing this is an indicator that I'm becoming a bit of a boring adult, you're probably a bit of a boring adult too. (It's okay.)
After our wild and crazy date, we went for our family dog walk. Then, Richard went to bed, and I got cracking on some articles I've selected for my literature review. (This pattern of him going to bed early while I stay up to read is likely to be our routine from now until 2022.)
Today wasn't perfect, but it wasn't a bad start to the week!
Time I woke up: 9:47 am