Afterward, we sat around for a while, cooling down and watching our latest form of entertainment - baby Logan and all of his adorable facial expressions. Ah babies...they are so fun! Eventually we all changed into dry clothes and went to Blue Baker, where for the first time in forever, there wasn't a loaf of ciabatta bread or any other treats waiting for us! What the heck?! We laughed at ourselves - they can give us free food 99% of the time, but as soon as they don't, we immediately forget about all the treats and then feign indignation. No worries, we still love Blue Baker - it's our version of Cheers. And we'll keep going back, free food or not.
Stranger danger really happened on our run last week. Jeff, Diane, and I were doing one of our standard weekday runs in our neighborhood, when Diane suddenly looked beyond me and Jeff and yelled out very forcefully "WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!!" and I turned to see a man crouched down running full on across his lawn right toward us! It was frightening - and then I saw a puff of fur and realized that he was chasing his small dog, who I guess had seen us running by and took off after us. My heart rate went from about a million beats per minute back down to a more normal rate once I understood that we weren't in imminent danger of being attacked, but that was quite scary in the moment.
I was really impressed with how Diane instantly went into her self-defense mode. We all took a self-defense class three years ago; I came across my booklet from the class recently and looked through it, and wondered if I'd remember to do what is recommended in situations like that. Diane did exactly what she should have, which is to confront the attacker. Luckily, he really wasn't an attacker, but he certainly looked like it in the split-second that we saw him running at us, and while you'd think someone would be crazy to try and attack three people, in this day and age? You never can be too sure, unfortunately.
This week I took a rest day on Monday, because I ran 6 miles on Saturday and then did a 5K fun run on Sunday and my legs were pretty tired. Sure, I could have powered through my usual 4 mile walk with Cary, but at that point I don't think I would have gotten any benefit from it (other than the mental benefit that comes with chatting with a friend). There comes a time when you have to know your body and give it what it needs, and sometimes, it just needs a little break. I was back to running yesterday and thanks to a beautiful crisp, cool morning, my run felt fantastic. Ahhh fall weather - please stick around?