One of the themes of this week's runs has been snakes. I've run into two this week. I'm not afraid of snakes, strictly speaking, and I used to want one as a pet when I was a kid. But these little f***ers lay still on the pavement looking like sticks or whatever and then you run close to them and they immediately start slithering away and have almost given me a heart attack twice this week. (Just for like a split second until I realize what the random movement was at my feet).
Last night I went to see the Hunger Games with Ashley from work since I had the night off and Jeff is in Wisconsin to watch hockey. I liked it, wasn't disappointed at all. (Unlike many book to movie conversions). It was a midnight showing and it was packed.
Oh, another thing I tried this week was counting steps. I didn't bring music to my Thursday group run and ended up running alone so I was kind of bored. So I counted each right footstrike up to 100 and then started over again and again and again (sometimes I'd do my left foot for a round). It was kind of relaxing and distracting, especially when I was feeling tired and wanting to stop. I also think it might've helped with pacing, because counting in my head made me aware of my cadence and it became obvious if it was slowing down. I'll keep that tool in my back pocket for future use.
I also accepted a new job this week, in one of the ICUs at the hospital where I currently work. I start the week of April 22nd. It will be 12 hrs shifts, 36 hour weeks, mostly day shift(6:30a-7p) with night shift rotations approximately one week per 2 months. I'm interested to see how this affects my running. I'm thinking it will be good for the summer especially, because I'll have 4 days off per week and will be used to getting up super early, so I'll be able to get my runs in before the heat of the day kicks in. Of course that means I will be attending fewer group runs, but I hate running in the heat, so it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. Sorry groupies.
Ok, time to get in the shower and go to bed. I've laying here all sweaty and my pillow is going to stink. Guess I'll have to wash the sheets again. Blah.
Also, sorry if you read this post thinking it would be about basketball. I don't care about basketball. This is a running blog.