Truly, a mini/MINI flashlight!
Several of us were doing our own routes and/or distances on Saturday, so we were all over the place. At one point, Cary and Brian, who were running 12 miles, ended up behind us as we were headed into the sunrise, and Cary took a picture that I just love:
CC, me, and Loretta, right around mile 7.5.
If you look on the right side of the road, you can see a traffic cone - one lane was blocked off for a race that was going to start soon (the Buffalo Stampede - I ran it in 2010 when they offered a 10 miler). Well, soon after this picture was taken a tractor parade drove by - there must have been four or five big, slow-moving tractors going down the single-lane road, followed by a bunch of cars. We felt like we had our own private cheering section, as each tractor driver waved at us, and then several of the people in their cars waved and cheered as well! That was fun, and put some much-needed pep in my step. We finished, and got back to the park to find a ton of activity going on - there was another race about to begin! Racing season has finally begun again in south Texas...it's supposed to be cooler, weather-wise, but it wasn't on Saturday - the high humidity was back which probably contributed to my less than stellar run.
After our crew all came in, we headed out to breakfast, but not to Blue Baker - we were celebrating Brian's return to running (and to our group!), as the trial that had consumed his life non-stop was finally over. I had a slice of yummy quiche and a piece of cinnamon toast, which, sadly, did not even come close to a cinnamon twist, but that's OK - I'll sacrifice the twist once in a while, LOL.
Along with the long run on Saturday, I'm still running three times during the week - depending on the day, my running buddies are Jeff, Julia, Loretta, or Cary. I have to say that I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking with the schedule - we are in week 14 of our training program, and being that my goal race isn't until January 17, 2016, I've got a lot of running still to come. It's not like I ever really stop running, but when I'm in the off season, I usually only run a couple times during the week, along with a much shorter "long" run on Saturday. So this is good, and even with the somewhat rough run on Saturday, I'm giving myself a gold star for this week!