I couldn't get back to sleep. So I watched the news. All of it. Until Good Morning America was over...that's a good four hours of news for anyone keeping count.
Lee had left for work at about 5:15 and taken the Xterra with him. Which meant that I was stranded in the house (his little pickup can't navigate over the bumpy, icy roads). I texted Lee's cousin Derek a somewhat desperate, somewhat nice message saying "Take me to the gym so I can run and not go crazy!". (Ok, it sounded much better than that, but the underlying tone was very anxious. Surprising how fast exercise becomes addicting.) Luckily Derek was a gentleman and willing to take me to All American. He and his sister Danae pulled up in his white Xterra and we were off to the gym.
I was especially excited to work out today and use my new (PINK!!!) Nike+ Sportband. It was a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law, and I adore it. It accurately recorded my miles, pace, calories, and time. It's easy to use, and I feel like a real runner when I use it. And it's pink.
Today's miles were rough. I was being a big-time baby and wasn't sure I was going to make it through the first mile. (I told you I was being a wimp.) Just when I was thinking about walking, Danae started cheering for me at each lap. From the direction of the ellipical machines I would hear a hearty "Good Job Katherine" or "Go Katherine". That encouragement made it easy for me to fly through my 5k. Danae even joined me on my final two laps. What a difference a friend makes.
Thank you Derek for getting me to the gym! And thank you Danae for keeping me there!
Today's Stats: 5K in 33.23 minutes
First mile: 9.54 minutes