Our route had several hills toward the end, and guess who was cussing the last one? Yeah, that would be me...despite doing our "choppie" hill technique, I was just ready to be on flat land. Loretta had a great run, which was so nice to see - she's back to 100% and it's showing in how well she's getting through these miles.
Afterward, breakfast at Blue Baker, where I couldn't resist taking this picture of CC with two cinnamon twists:
Now THAT'S what I call refueling!! Nah, they weren't all for her...but it made for a good picture.
We were given a chocolate chip pumpkin cookie by one of the bakers, which was so nice. I liked the pumpkin part of it, but wasn't a fan of having chocolate chips with it. Still, it's really fun to get treats like that so often!
I know I shouldn't start out a sentence like this, but compared to other runners (yeah yeah, I know...don't compare your efforts to anyone else), my training mileage isn't high - except for me, it is. I'm running four times a week and have been since July, and while the previous two months have been in the mid 50s for mileage totals, this month is looking to be more like somewhere in the high 70s. That's a lot for me! I can see it in my legs - while they are still beefy and always will be, they are definitely looking more toned and firmer.
KNOCK ON WOOD, I'm still doing well in terms of injuries. Yes, I have some minor aches and pains, but nothing terrible, and it's been nothing like the previous couple of training seasons, so I'll happily take this. I think using my BFF Buffer to loosen up my knotted calves has helped tremendously, plus running at an easier pace for my longer runs seems to be putting less stress on my body. The long and short of it is that I'm still running, which is all I want to be able to do. My fingers are crossed that this continues!