This morning, Norah and I got out for a 3 miler at 7:40 am, instead of 8 am. 20 minutes doesn't make a huge difference in temp, but it makes a slight difference, and sometimes, just a slight difference is enough to make it feel a little easier. Still, I was s-l-o-w and finished the miles in 31:18. Heat, combined with pushing the stroller, makes for a slow Jess. Eh, does it matter?
Anyhoo, some of you may be wondering why I can't get myself and Norah out the door any earlier; I know what you're probably thinking -- is it this: "She has a 10 month old baby, isn't she up at, like, the ass-crack of dawn?" Why, yes, yes I am. In fact, Norah was up at 6:10 this morning. So, why does it take me 90 minutes to get us out for a run?
Let me break it down for you:
For one, I am not, and have never been, the sort of person to get up, get my running clothes on and directly head out for a run. I need to wake up. And it takes at least 30 minutes for me to fully wake up -- and I prefer that no one talk to me during that 30 minute buffer either. In a perfect world, I would get to drink a few cups of coffee and just stare out into space during those 30 minutes. That's what I used to do pre-Norah, and even what I managed to do when she was a wee-babe. But now? Uh-huh.
As soon as she's up, she's up. And she's ready to explore the entire house. So, I'm just pouring my coffee and she's already checking out the bathroom:
Like her dad, she prefers to browse magazines about cigars and fantasy football while in the john.
And if I even turn around for a second, before I know it, she's across the house and in the office:
So, during my initial 30-minute wake up time, I am slurping down caffeine and trying to keep track of this little love nugget.
After that, we have breakfast, then take Scooter for a walk -- which takes for.ev.er. because that dog can't walk 5 feet without having to stop, sniff, and pee on something -- then, Scooter needs a solid 10 minutes of "toy time" and then we're finally ready to get going.
I can't compress that routine to anything less than about 90 minutes -- and sometimes it takes longer. In fact, I was pretty impressed with our 7:40 exodus this morning!