Saturday was the day for the run - Julia, Brian and I did it in town, while Cary and Cristy ran on the beach (lucky girls!). We started at 6:30 am, but the sun was already up and not only was it hot, we had that fireball in the sky to contend with as well. Somehow running in the dark makes the hot and humid weather not seem as bad...it might be a little bit of a mental thing, who knows. All I can tell you is that it was 75 degrees, felt way hotter, and the only breeze came when a big truck blew past us on the road. If there was any doubt, summer temperatures have arrived in Texas!
My bib - I printed it out, but didn't run with it because it would have been ruined by sweat. Looks very nice hanging on my ring of race bibs...and it makes me want to go back to Hawaii right this instant!
Brian was our lead runner - well, he and the dogs, Abby and Koda. They took off, rounded the corner, and that was the last Julia and I saw of them until we were finished...just like in a real race, LOL! She and I settled in for our run, which was enjoyable - we haven't had a chance to run together in a couple of months, so we had a lot to catch up on. I think the worst part was having the sun beating down on us - we will have to move our start time back to 6:00 am and get back to our vampire running (darkness suits us better). We ran a big square loop - honestly, the hardest part was having to run past where we'd parked to get the extra bit of mileage needed to make it a 5K. It's nice to run in familiar territory...not a lot of thinking required beyond putting one foot after the other.
Because you don't get your medals until after you complete the run and upload your results to the race website, I brought some leis for our post-run picture:
We have this shot where we're all looking at the camera and smiling, and about twelve shots of us bending down, trying to get Abby to sit and face the camera. We finally gave up so we could take the picture and go to breakfast.
After the run, we headed to Blue Baker, where we had some good food (and a cinnamon twist, my favorite), great conversation, and as it turns out, fun tunes. Somehow the conversation evolved into music, and snippets of everything from mariachi music to 90s hip hop to Raffi (OK, that would be me - my explanation of why I was unfamiliar with the early 90s music...children) were played via iPhones. I love that you can mention a song and pretty much find it instantly and play it (in my head, you still have to wait for that song to come on the radio and hope you happen to be listening at the right time). As usual, it was another great morning spent with running friends!