I felt really lethargic this morning when I woke up, and I know it was because of eating all those stupid chocolate chips yesterday! I didn't feel like heading out for my run right away, so I decided to deep clean the laundry room. We have a couple of shelves in there that accumulate SO MUCH junk, and I've been meaning to clean it out for a long time.
It took me about an hour, but when I was done, the room looked so much better. I should have just done it a long time ago so I didn't have that chore hanging over my head for so long! Anyway, it felt really good to get that cleaned.
After that, I got dressed in my running clothes and headed out for an easy three-miler. I wanted to make sure to take it easy on the pace today, staying as close to 9:15/mi as I could, so I had the idea to bring my phone along with me, and stop to take pictures here and there on my route. I really wanted to make it an enjoyable run.
Once I started running, however, there really wasn't anything interesting enough to take pictures of. About a mile in, I decided to change my route to go next to Lake Erie, and I'd get a picture of the lake. Turns out the lake was frozen enough for ice fishing, because I saw a guy walking around on the ice, stomping in spots (to test it? dunno).
It wasn't until I got home and looked at my pictures that I realized there was a guy with an ice shanty out there, also. If you look straight up the middle of the photo below, you can see something that looks kind of like rocks way out there; when zoomed in, it's actually the shanty.
I'd planned to just do an out-and-back route, but right when I started running, I changed my mind. I decided to run home on the access road that goes through (what used to be) the woods (it's now marsh). It's not paved, just dirt and rocks, but it's only a half-mile or so long. It was pretty private back there, so I had fun taking all sorts of pictures. I had no idea if they even turned out until after I'd gotten home. I took all of the pictures while I was still running...
I've walked the access road often, but this was the first time I ran it. I was surprised how tired my legs felt after running just half a mile on the rocky trail. It was definitely harder than running on pavement! I wish we had trails within a short drive from here so I could run on them more often, because I think I'd like trail running; but the closest would probably be 40 minutes away.
I can see how it would be nice to just run for fun on a trail, not worry about pace, and enjoy the scenery. I was surprised to see that I actually was able to maintain my pace, despite the rocks. I don't think I could have done it for more than a mile or so, though; my legs were pretty tired!
Yesterday morning, I finished the book I'd been reading, and I realized I forgot to request a new one at the library, so I was left without anything to read. Ever since we got rid of cable, I rely on a book for entertainment before bed, and I was disappointed that I didn't have anything to read. I (grudgingly) decided to try downloading a book to Noah's Kindle.
I am one of the few people who actually would rather hold a real book instead of a digital copy, but it was digital or nothing, so I gave it a try. I saw the book Gone Girl was available for download from the library, and a few readers had recommended that book for me recently, so I chose that one.
I read it for a little while this afternoon, on Noah's Kindle, and the Kindle wasn't as bad as I thought! I still prefer actual books, but the one advantage to using the Kindle is that I don't have to worry about turning on a light. Sometimes, when I get up really early in the morning, I'll read for a little while before the kids wake up; but when I turn on the light, they usually end up waking up. Using the Kindle would solve that problem.
I haven't gotten very far into the book yet, so I can't really say how I like it. But I'm glad I have something to read and keep me entertained before bed! Estelle probably won't like the Kindle much, because then where would she sit to annoy me while I'm trying to read? ;)
Just a reminder that tomorrow is Motivational Monday! If you have a picture of a fitness/health accomplishment that you want to share, you can send it (along with a brief description) to SlimKatie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com with the subject "Motivational Monday". I may post it on the blog tomorrow!