Ian and I didn't have a good night sleep because our dogs were terribly disturbed by the fire crackers that were going off in the neighborhood, to celebrate New Year. We landed up sleeping in until 9 am and didn't go out for a morning run.
At lunch time, he was going to go to gym and I thought I would go for an early evening run. Instead we decided to do a 10km run together. So, at 1pm in the heat of the day, that was cleverly disguised with a gentle, refreshing wind, we set off to run 10km. I had decided that I was tired of all our usual routes and wanted something different so we decided to run one of our routes in the opposite direction.
Two things I learnt on the run:
- Don't assume 10km in the heat of the day is the same as a 10km at 5am in the morning! I need water in the daytime and I wanted it bad from about 5km. I was kept motivated with the thought that when I get home, I can dive into the pool to cool off and I would at least feel better that I had run.
- start my run much faster (30 seconds per kilometer faster) when I have been up and about for about 4 hours compared to the early morning runs when I am still waking up for the first 2 kilometers.
An interesting observation - dinner plans can change rather suddenly when you smell at least 8 braais (barbecues) happening in the neighborhood. We had invited my folks for "Breakfast For Dinner" and that was quickly changed to steak and potatoes on the braai.