Last week my night school boss called. She has called me twice in the eight years I have worked there, and both times were to cancel a class, so my first thought was that she was canceling my only class this semester, three weeks in.
This call was quite different. The teacher they hired to teach GED and GED math had to leave, and did I want to teach either or both classes for the rest of the semester? Yes, absolutely, but I had to think with my legs and my training and rational ideas, not just think with my bank account. What would Hal Higdon do....?
Naturally the classes were on Tuesday and Thursday, both of which are running days. It would be too easy if one of them was on "no exercise Monday." Last year I was there four nights a week and my health and training both suffered. I spent way too much on spring races to let that happen again with seven weeks to go. So I said I would do the GED math, and if she still needed me for the traditional GED after spring break, I could do it then. Besides, the one class will finance my running habit for 2013 (with the exception of the Goofy, which already has the entry fee earmarked).
Long story to explain why I had to juggle my running schedule. It's no longer "no exercise Monday," but "no exercise Thursday." Today was my first running Monday in two years and it was an all around great day! It was sunny sunny sunny and 39 degrees. I wore leggings, but would have been fine in shorts. With the forecasted snow, it's likely the last good run I'll have for several days.
It didn't matter that I was tired. It didn't matter that my quads were a little stiff from Saturday's monster run. They loosened up after a few miles. My legs weren't thrilled to be running again, but I fought off the "let's just walk" monster on my shoulder who kept whispering to me.
Pace wise I did my normal bell curve pattern of each mile getting progressively slower until the middle one, when they start getting progressively faster each mile. Final overall pace was 10:12. I'll take it!