Loretta was back and ready to run, and run we did! We did 1:30/1 intervals and she did great. This run was fun because both groups (the half and the full) were doing three miles, and it was an out-and-back route, so we got to see everyone as they made the turnaround. We started our run 30 minutes earlier than the previous two weeks, and that helped with it not feeling so miserably hot - plus there was a slight breeze, which also helped to cool down our sweaty selves.
Hill workouts are on our schedule beginning this week. So after running for 35 minutes on Monday morning, Julia, Loretta, CC, Cary, Brian, and I met early Tuesday morning at our hill and tackled it in various ways. Loretta, CC, and I walked it twice before running it twice. I'm more than a little paranoid about aggravating my hamstring with hill repeats, so I'm being extra cautious. Same goes for Loretta with her hip, and CC with her foot - at least I have company with this. I swear, once you've gotten a running injury, you go on high alert to avoid getting it again.
I have to say that waking up super early to go run hills doesn't sound like something anyone in their right mind would want to do, but we had such a fun time - the conversations happening as we walked to the base of the hill made it all worthwhile. I'm really lucky to have such a good group of running friends. Here's our sweaty, post-run picture:
Julia, me, Loretta, CC, and Cary - Brian was the man behind the camera.