Sunglasses? Yes please!

Oh-my-gawd! Do the weather gods actually like me? I’m not so sure about the blood sugar gods, or the body gods, or the Garmin gods, but the weather gods, they had my back this morning!

When the 5:30 a.m. wake-up call blared, my blood sugars were at a worrisome 2.5, and my butt had a slight tightness going on on the left side, not quite a pain in the butt, but a tightness nonetheless – but the crystal clear blue taking over that nasty gloomy grey in the sky, well, I couldn’t exactly let that go to waste now could I?

Mr Sun!!! I almost didn't recognize you, it's been so long!

After drinking some orange juice and doing a few rolls on the foam roller, I headed out the door. I can’t say that my run was great, given that my calves felt like they were in the middle of an inferno, they were burning so bad, and given that somehow I kept accidentally pressing the “stop” button on my Garmin, so not really sure how accurate my stats are. But, that being said, I do think I’m beginning to like these morning runs (shhh, don’t tell anyone, I have a not-a-morning-person reputation to uphold ;)) Seriously, though, the beauty of the people-free boardwalk continues to blow me away – especially on a clear day:

The plants and flowers seem to always be changing
Mother Nature has no problem keeping her heliotropes alive ... what's her secret?
I "may" have run through some of the sprinklers on my way back 😀
Sometimes I like to imagine that we live on the Italian Riviera, and it's really not that hard with scenes like this just a few steps from our condo!

Even though the sun came out today – FINALLY! – it’s still not the kind of sun we should be having this time of year. While those on the opposite side of the continent have been lapping up the sun rays, we West Coasters have been tortured with a seemingly never-ending chill. Normally by now I’d be spending my full lunch hours outside in the park, swiping away beads of sweat from my forehead as I eat and read. But today, I was only able to manage 15-20 minutes outside before I had to pack it in because I was too cold … but not before I saw this little guy climbing out of the lilly-pad-filled pond and booking it over to the shady trees:

Hmm ... what should we name him?


  • 5:45 a.m. BG before: 5.1 (had one cup of orange juice and a granola bar following the low blood sugars, no bolus) (temp basal -50 per cent)
  • Distance: approximately 6 km (it was the same route as last Tuesday morning’s run which was bang on)
  • Time: approximately 45 minutes
  • Average pace: 6:33 … when my Garmin was actually on
  • 7 a.m. BG after: 10.2

So you know that slight tightness I was feeling this morning, well it kind of advanced to a full lower-body stiffness. Both my calves and both my hamstrings and both my butt cheeks are so freaking uncomfortably stiff, I have no idea what I did, but am really hoping it goes away before tomorrow’s 10k tempo run! Off to soak in a hot bath filled with soothing Epsom salts.

When is your favourite time to exercise and why?

2 thoughts on “Sunglasses? Yes please!”

  1. robert Freeman

    I loathe exercise at any time (except for Tai Chi which is actually more like moving meditation, as any dirty hippie will tell you). But your blog was beautiful. I wish I could BE a morning person, but it just ain’t gonna happen. The quiet streets and alleyways in the morning, the feeling the world belongs to you … I could even run all smiles through a sprinkler in the morning! The picture of the scene outside your abode is mighty sweet 🙂

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