Jeff and I were really looking forward to running in North Carolina - the crisp, cold mornings, the low humidity, the different routes - oooh, it was going to be nice! Well...the different routes are nice, anyway.
Actually, we've had one cool morning - our first run here, last Monday, was in 41 degree weather, so that was awesome. It wasn't the greatest of runs, however, mostly because it came right after we'd sat in a car for two days straight. But hey, we got out and ran 3 miles, so I'm giving us a gold star.
We also ran on Christmas Eve morning, when it was a lovely 71 degrees (and quite humid). Shades of Texas weather. Another 3 miles, with a bit of a hilly terrain - we went to the White Oak Greenway to run, which is where we ran when we were here in June 2014, but we didn't go to the same part of the Greenway (couldn't figure out where it was), and this one was a challenge to run.
On Saturday, we had 8 miles on tap (still training for the Houston half marathon on Jan. 17), so we went to the American Tobacco Trail, which is another place we'd run last time we were here. Oh
I spy a red MINI in the parking lot!
You can run either direction from this entrance to the trail (there are lots of entrances, but not many with ample parking, which is why we went to this one). Originally we planned on splitting the distance with an out-and-back going both directions, but once we were running, we decided to just run four miles straight out before turning around. While the terrain was different, and really nice to run on, it felt like just another long run in Texas, what with the heat and humidity. Plus, we'd had all kinds of non-runner-friendly foods the day before, so we weren't exactly feeling peppy. But we got it done, which is all you can ask for sometimes. Oh, and a Christmas tree on the trail - you could ask for that, too:
Jeff caught me just as I was saying "oooh, this one says RUN." We saw this on our way out and stopped at mile 7.25 on our way back to take the pictures (OK, and take a quick rest break, too).
8 miles in Texas-like weather - sorry, North Carolinians, we seem to have brought it with us.
We chatted with the NC runner for a few minutes, who acknowledged how miserable the weather was for running - and she said that while she set out to do 7 miles, she only ended up with 5.5, which made me feel better about how hard it was.
One last shot - running on a trail means that lots of tiny rocks get in your shoes and on your legs:
I brought a little bit of the ATT back to Sam's place!