Monday, January 10, 2011

A great early morning workout/First giveaway winner

This picture is actually from Sunday's run - another
great run with T!

Monday morning I had an appointment so I took full advantage of a varied schedule.  I planned the extra time right to the minute.  I got up and did my stretches and as it began to get light I headed out.  It might have made more sense to run and then stretch but I was avoiding the dark as much as possible.
This is the closest I have gotten to running
in the dark! 


 It was the coldest I have run in yet this year - 13 degrees but I dressed for it so it was fine.  I stayed on the back road (you probably think all the roads I run on are back roads but some are more "back road" than others.)  The road I ran on is dirt and not a major route out of town.  I had to do a little doubling back to get my four miles in.  There was a decent amount of snow so I wore the Yak Trax and enjoyed the beauty of the morning.  When I got home I ate, changed my shirt and headed to the doctors.  After my appointment I headed back home to shower before heading to work.  Hmmm shouldn't I have showered before the doctors?  No time.  This is the only way I could get my run in so my apologies to the doctor.  Then the rest of the day I felt great. I felt energized from the early workout and I also felt glad that I was done with my workout!  I could get some needed things done after work and get home and actually cook some dinner!  (Somebody laughed at me - in a nice way of course - for calling it supper so I have upgraded my vocab.!)

Now onto the first drawing for my giveaway!  The numbers were chosen using random.ajh
All the numbers are stuffed
into a cup


I dump them onto the counter
so they will be more mixed up.


They are stuffed back into the cup.


Dumped again!

Random.ajh selects a number.  Eyes are closed!


And the winner is Darlene from My First 5K Blog.  She is
currently about to   run her first half marathon though!
I had the good fortune to meet Darlene last summer.
Darlene, contact me and let me know your top two
pair and send me an email with your address!  

Remember there are still two more winners to come! Don't despair!

20 comments:

MCM Mama said...

Way to fit in the run!

I wore my socks you sent just the other day and they are so warm and cozy! Darlene's a lucky girl.

Andrew Opala said...

Awesome run - get them any way you can!

Congrats Darlene

Ewa said...

I love it how morning runs energize my day but 13 degrees sounds cold. Funny thing is that a couple of years ago I ran in Poland in much colder temps but somehow when in CA 40 degrees makes me shiver. Maybe it is all about expectations.
Love the big snowflakes in you header photo. This is my kind of snow.

Her Name is Rio said...

Yep...that's cold. When it's in the high 20s-30s here in AZ, I call it cold. Yes, I'm a wimp. Great job going out there!

Meg said...

Congrats to Darlene!
It sounds like you really enjoyed the change in your schedule, wouldn't it be nice to do that everyday and work half day? In my dreams...

Tortuga_Runner said...

You are brave. I am a wuss in cold weather. Congrats Darlene.

Chris K said...

I am full of despair for not winning.

I just ran 16 miles in the dark. Too bad you didn't have bike lanes on your back roads.

Amy said...

BRRR! You are very dedicated! I think I would go into hibernation at those temperatures!

Laura said...

It is nothing but cold here so I don't have a choice...dress the part and understand that winter will be over.....in the Spring. :)

Marlene said...

Glad you were able to take advantage of the schedule for a nice (mostly) daylight run! It's all about priorities! I'm sure your doc has seen worse than an un-showered runner. ;)

Heather said...

The new header looks great! 13 degrees? Brrr....

Lee said...

sounds like you have your priorities right - let the Doctor deal with the sweaty after run stuff!

Darlene said...

Woo HOO!!! I love socks!!!!! Thanks AJH!

Darlene said...

I'd like #1 & #4 - just email me at dsc59@nycap.rr.com and I'll send you my address.

Hannah said...

I'm going to use my Yaktraks for the first time tomorrow morning! I'm sort of excited to take them for a test run! I'll channel my inner you!

Suzy said...

I agree, there are back roads and BACK roads where I grew up too. Are you getting lots of snow tomorrow? They still haven't decided if we're getting some or lots. Congrats to Darlene.

Emz said...

you are hardcore.

I love that!

YAY to Darlene!!

Liz said...

I'm planning to cycle to the Physio as I often do, and I always feel really bad about being sweaty when I get there! But as you say, it's sometimes the only way to fit a workout in :)

lindsay said...

LOL random.ajh too funny. it is so icy under the snow here - i can't run out in it! :( the snow just gets packed down and then its a sheet of ice.

Fran said...

Seems to me you had a great run Andrea.

I don't like running in the dark but I'm going to do it knowing that from now on sunrise will be a bit earlier each morning and sunset a bit later every evening.