5.3 sweaty miles, done!
Not only did I get up early and run on my birthday (2.5 miles), but I also ran my age on Saturday in the form of 5.3 miles. I had my doubts ahead of the run, mostly because of the warm weather, but the run actually went really well. I mapped out a 5.3 mile route which ironically had the turn around at the driveway of the retirement home - I wasn't sure what the message was with that...could have been either A) turn around, you're not quite ready for this place just yet; or B) here's your future home; either way, it made me laugh. Diane and I ran together and, as usual, had a good time chitchatting as we covered the miles. It was another muggy morning, but luckily the rain held off until after we'd finished - still, I'd dearly love to go back to running in a mere 88% humidity instead of the pure 100% that we've been facing for the last several weeks.
Jeff, Diane, me, Andi, Cary, Brian, Karen, CC, and Lolo - my renegades!
After the run, we adjourned to Blue Baker, where 9,000 different conversations were happening all at the same time - slight exaggeration, but it's fun to hear what everyone is talking about. Lawn darts, Hippity Hops, BB guns, Karen and Jimmymeow's recent trip to Maui, kids, babies, baseball - you name it, we covered it. Plus we were given a warm, fresh from the oven double chocolate oatmeal cookie, which was about as delicious as you can imagine. It was a great way to start our weekend!
On Monday, I tried something different: Diane came over early in the morning, and we ran without doing intervals. When she runs by herself, she doesn't do intervals, so I asked her to pace me because I'd like to get back to running a few miles without stopping. We were slow and steady, and there wasn't as much talking going on because we never stopped running, but I lasted for 1.5 miles before taking a short break. Then we ran another mile without stopping, for a total of 2.5 miles, woohoo! Funny thing is that my legs were a little sore afterward, when I didn't notice any soreness after running more than twice that distance on Saturday. I'd say it was using different muscles, but running is running...I guess the difference is not walking for part of the run. Still, it was good and I'm looking forward to building on this over the next couple of months.