Loretta, CC, me, Cary...and Jeff's shadow. Squinting into the bright sunlight because I forgot to take my sunglasses into the theater with me.
First things first: I cannot recommend the movie McFarland USA enough. Go see it!! It's not just about running - it's a true story and it's really sweet and motivating. I loved it from start to finish, and I have to say, I got a little emotional at the very end of the movie when they showed updates on the character's lives. Jeff and I met up with Loretta and CC at the theater and we all got a laugh when we saw that each of us was wearing a running shirt - not planned, but hey - we WERE going to a running movie after all. Then Cary came in, wearing a running shirt, and we laughed all over again!
We had a great time - it's funny, I never would have met these people had it not been for running, but we've become good friends and it's just another reason why I'm grateful my life moved into doing something that I never thought I'd do. Running has become so much more than simply running. It's hard to put into words how much my life has changed for the better, but it's due to running and the really good people I've met as a result.
My four week running experiment ended on Saturday. I was a little slower, but I suspect that was mostly due to the weather - it was 66 degrees, muggy (it was lightly raining just before we started running), and we had 18 MPH winds. Quite a change from the wonderful mid-40 degree temps of the previous three weeks, and obviously, I run better when I'm not so challenged by the weather...but that's probably true for everyone. Here's my updated chart:
Speaking of cardio, Julia and I have been doing our version of speedwork on Thursdays. We run 2:1 intervals, fast, for 2 miles. And our speed gets even faster when we get spooked, which has been happening a lot lately. I saw this on Pinterest - it's a pretty apt description of what our runs turn into:
Whatever gets the job done, right?