I mixed up Tailwind for both Jeff and I, poured about half into our water bottles and froze them overnight, then added the rest on Saturday morning. Extra water bottles are for post-run water.
I was so excited about this run - not particularly because we were running 7 miles, but because a cold front was predicted to be coming in. Sure enough, when I left the gift shop at 1:00 pm on Thursday, the wind was blowing and the temps were dropping! And when my alarm went off on Saturday morning, first thing I did was to check the weather. I almost cried when I saw this:
48 degrees. PERFECT temperature for a long run.
I didn't let the cold sway me into overdressing - I wore a short-sleeved shirt, and my only concession to the chilly air was to wear my $1 stretchy Target gloves. I started out cold but quickly warmed up, although I never ended up taking my gloves off. It was just wonderful to not slog through 100% humidity and temps in the 70s or 80s.
Diane and I ran 3:1 intervals again. Cary joined us - she's been dealing with some bad back pain and wasn't up to running her usual speed; I'd like to say that we slowed down for her but really, Diane and I just ran like two people who haven't run 7 miles in a very long time. But we ran it and felt so much better than the previous week, when we ran 6.2 miles for the Nutrabolt 10K race; this was, once again, confirmation that we're kind of better runners than the weather lets us be. Of course that doesn't mean we'll end up being speed demons, but I think we'd just like to finish a long run and not feel like death. So welcome, cool weather - PLEASE stay around a while!
For the first time this season, I wore my Orange Mud Hydraquiver because I wanted to carry more than 8 ounces of fuel with me, especially after feeling like I ran out of gas on the Nutrabolt race. The bottle holds 24 ounces, and once we'd run about 1.5 miles, I tried to drink a swig of Tailwind every time we hit a walking interval. I carried some gummy chews with me as well, but never felt like I needed them, which was great - Tailwind alone sets well with my stomach, so if I can get by with just using that, I'll be a happy runner. I finished the run with some fuel still in the bottle, but I never felt like I ran out of energy.
After we got back to the RRC clubhouse, it was time to relax and play with Cary and Brian's dogs. They were happy to see us, and Koda, the chocolate lab, was especially enamored with Andi - she was using a tennis ball to work out a tight spot on her leg, and Koda grabbed the ball at one point! It was pretty understandable, and cute as well. Koda also decided Jeff was his personal salt lick:
While Abi made a new best friend with Diane:
Abi wedged herself under Diane and stayed there for quite a while - she's so cute, it's hard not to keep petting her!
It was a fun morning and I think everyone felt pretty invigorated by the beautiful weather. I have to say, it's nice that the weather is turning cooler (and hopefully staying that way) just as we are increasing our mileage. I couldn't have asked for a better day to run 7 miles.