On Monday morning my alarm went off at 6am, so I could get up for a run. And I looked around my room thinking "Man, it is REALLY dark." Which is when I remembered the effect of daylight savings time. It wasn't really 6am, it was 5am! Which meant that it would be really dark my entire run. I would get home from my run, and it would still be dark. And so I turned over, and went back to sleep.
I spent that day trying to figure out a new running plan. Mornings were out - too dark. I could do after dinner again, but I've been doing pilates after dinner, and I love it as a strength training routine and because as long as I'm doing pilates, I have no back pain. L&O suggested I run during my "lunch." It was a great idea, and one I started this past week. I don't actually run at lunch - I don't have a set lunch time, and since there are no showers in my office, I try to do my runs in the late afternoon to cut down on the time I'm spending offending office-mates.
The plus side of my new running routine? This is my new daily running route:
Yeah, that's the ocean right over there. I run through this little palm lined path, cross the street, and run alongside the water.
The con? Consistency. Tuesday was fine. Wednesday I had to cut it very close because my boss likes to call late afternoon meetings that end up taking the entire afternoon. Thursday I didn't get a run in because I spent the day at a site inspection. And Friday I wasn't at work, so I didn't get a run in. That means instead of running 6 days this week, I ran 3. I'm going to have to work on alternative solutions for rough days.