Me and Diane - shirt twins!
I swear, we didn't call each other beforehand, but I love that Diane and I both wore the same shirt for Saturday's long run (it's by Underarmour and has a cool cutout on the back). I have to say, we aren't looking too bad here, considering this was taken after the run - six miles for me and nine for Diane. What you can't see is that I was more soaking wet than usual, thanks to an encounter with a stealth sprinkler that hosed me down ala Chris Farley in Tommy Boy near the end of my run. Diane is having a banner year - last December she had a wake up call at the doctor's office, by way of a near-diabetes diagnosis. She's lost 85 pounds (cut out refined sugar and most carbs) and is doing great...plus she's running like a champ! I'm really impressed with her determination to live a healthy life.
Getting back to that six miler run, hooooboy, it was a run, alright. Hot and humid weather (94%, ugh), no breeze, and air so thick it felt like you could cut out a cube and sit it on a shelf. CC, Loretta and I started out 30 minutes earlier than the rest of the group because they had to be somewhere at 8:00 am. It was so much darker at 5:30, and while not exactly scary, because there were three of us, it was a little on the creepy side.
I went into that run on tired legs. I guess because we've been running so many long runs already (5, 6, 7 milers), I was thinking "it's only six miles" and ended up running Thursday with Jeff, and then Friday with Cary. So I came into that run on Saturday with 5 recent miles on my legs, and I definitely felt less energetic than on previous Saturdays. Apparently I really do need that rest day on Friday...lesson learned. Any case, we had a pretty good run, started a new topic of conversation that made the last mile go by in a flash, and it ended up being nice to finish so early and get to watch everyone come in.
Our post-run trip to Blue Baker was excellent, as usual, with Brian spotting a wonky-frosted cupcake as they brought out a huge tray. He called out "hey, you can't sell that one" to the baker, who said he'd cut it up for us. I don't know who I was happier with, Brian for spying the errant cupcake, or the baker for giving it to us:
Chocolate cupcake with strawberry icing - they take fresh strawberries and mash them into buttercream icing...and yes, it tastes as good as it sounds!
A little later the baker came by with a fudge brownie for us. It was slightly chilled and just.so.good.
Blue Baker is spoiling us, big time - and we all appreciate it immensely!
This is a tough week for running. We had 45 minutes on tap for Monday, and from the first step, my entire left side was aching. Jeff and I made it through 2 miles and then called it a day...at some point, a run isn't going to get any better, plus I didn't want to hurt myself. I'm sure the heat/humidity isn't helping, either - it was 79 degrees with 93% humidity when we ran on Monday morning. Jeff and I ended up deciding to take an extra rest day and skipped the hill workout yesterday. I think we were just plain tired - we are on week 7 of a pretty rough schedule, and it was time for a little break. Hopefully by tomorrow I'll have my energy back for a 40 minute run with Cary...and then, we have 8 miles on Saturday, yikes!