Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Splitting Things Up

What a busy day today!!  I had a 15K run on the schedule and the real question was when I was going to fit that in.  It is too long of a run to attempt over the lunch hour, and I had other plans for the evening.  So…could I fit 15K in early in the morning before going to work?

I set my alarm for 4:30 but it was just asking too much to be out of the door by 5:00.  Oops.  Ahem, finally at 5:40 am I was on the road and running.  The great thing is it was really light out so it felt rather surreal that there were barely any cars on the road.  I just ran loopy sidewalks through my neighbourhood and about 3 miles in I realized that I needed to hit a bathroom.  I detoured to Starbucks.  Thanks goodness they are open early!  After I was on my way I was running past an open field and about to cross an intersection.  The car approaching me had a stop sign and they were far enough away that I made the decision to step off the curb.  Car - Intersection As I ran in front of her I was staring at the car and realized, “Holy crap, she’s not looking straight ahead at the stop sign, she’s looking to the left to make sure no one is coming so she can roll through the stop sign.”  I’m not sure if she turned her head enough to see me, or if I ran fast enough so I was finally in her view, but all of a sudden she saw I was there and came to a stop.  I gave her a “what the heck were you thinking look” and pointed to the stop sign.  She mouthed “sorry” and I could tell she felt bad.  Yikes though.

As I continued on I was close to my home and just over 5 miles in.  It was 6:45 am and I realized that if I tried to run the full distance that I would be pretty late for work.  So I made the executive decision to split my long run into two and finish the rest up over lunch.  As for the rest of the run?  Pretty uneventful and boring, just 4 miles, out and back along the river.  But it was really warm!!

As for what was happening in the evening?  I think that deserves its own blog post!

7 comments:

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

Good run! How scary with the tired lady driving (that's what she must have been so early in the morning). Yuck. I guess it teaches you to keep staying alert.

Wes said...

I hate it when that happens. Funny how it seems to occur more often when its early in the morning or raining. That's why they say to make eye contact with the driver before stepping off the curb! Glad you didn't get run over!!!

Marlene said...

Busy day, Leana! Two runs AND a swim?

Close call with that driver. I hate when they don't pay attention, but thankfully she saw you in time!

lindsay said...

glad you didn't get hit! driver's should feel bad because they weren't paying attention... i know it still makes us feel bad to make them feel bad but really, they are at fault.

Lauren said...

I hate when I do something stupid in my car and have to make the sorry face. I guess it would be pretty scary from your end too running. Luckily I've never had to experience that one on either end. Glad you're okay.

Alexandra said...

I think the lady driver didn't have her Starbucks yet! I wonder if non-runners don't expect to see runners out early in the morning! Glad it turned out O.K.! Whew!

Run For Life said...

Those are some awesome paint skills! I'm glad you're ok and she was feeling guilty. Hopefully she won't do that again.