Too liberal?

No, I’m not talking politics. Trust me, I’ll never bring up politics here. I’m wondering if I’m being too liberal with giving myself the ability to shuffle around my rest day. I wonder if I’m setting myself up for the day where I just skip a workout entirely. I know that once my long runs actually become long runs I’m going to need to insulate it with a rest day, I just haven’t gotten to that point yet. 4 miles, while not quite walk in the park for me yet, just isn’t really that taxing on the mind or the body.

Anyway, I just couldn’t bear to get out of bed at 4:30am this morning, and comfortable with the knowledge that I can always just do it tomorrow, which is supposed to be my rest day, I slept in. I wonder if you can call sleeping until 5:30am sleeping in?

On one hand, I do like that I’m allowing myself some flexibility which is good, because in the past I’ve always been rigid to a fault. Of course, that sort of goes along with my personality in general. Either I’m working out and eating well, or I’m sitting on the couch eating like crap, there’s never middle ground when it comes to this stuff.

I guess time will tell. I only have to get through 2 more months of crazy crazy, no telling when I’ll leave the office work before I can settle down and get back to normal, which, I imagine will probably entail running in the evenings. I’m a morning person, but this 4:30am stuff isn’t something I can see myself doing for the long haul. Not only is it crazy early, but it’s pretty damn creepy out there too. I can’t help but feel I’m putting myself out there in a way that’s probably not so smart. I felt okay about it at first because I’d see a couple of other people out here too, but in the last couple of weeks I haven’t seen anyone besides the paper guy, some car the other morning that pulled over up ahead of me but ended up driving off and a couple of cops that I hope were just passing through.

I’ve actually felt fine with it when running round my neighborhood and the two directly adjacent to it, but on Tuesday’s 3 miler I just could not bear the thought of the same old same old, so I took off down the road that serves as a thoroughfare between a couple of more heavily trafficked roads. That’s where I had the car pull off ahead of me. They kept going before I even got close, and there are several reasonable explanations, but it felt weird, probably just because I’m the cautious type. Oh well, I ramble. I’m sure it’s fine. I’ll be back out there tomorrow am getting my 3 miles in, followed by 4 on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on how the old legs feel.