At about the same time I hurt my shoulder, I realized that Goo has consistently been sleeping later in the mornings (probably because he no longer naps). And that it is Buddy who is the first one up, after me, of course. But Buddy is in kindergarten now, and able to take care of himself in the mornings - get himself fruit from the counter if he's hungry and water from the sink, entertain himself and make halfway decent decisions about whether or not a parent needs to be woken up for something. Which means...
I can go running first thing in the morning!
I can literally say I have been waiting for this moment for six and a half years.
I've been heading out early for two weeks now and have been loving it. I'm still doing my longer runs and speed/tempo workouts later in the morning, after dropping off Goo, but it gives me so much more flexibility and opportunity to be able to head out first thing and be back before the rest of the household is up. And what a fantastic way to start the day for me.
This opens up a whole new world for me and my training... what might I do next?