On Saturday, we set out for a 6 mile run. I'm proud to say that I've actually figured out what to wear when the weather turns cool - and I own enough winter running gear to be comfortable. For this feels like 39 degrees (with the wind blowing at about 10 mph) run, I wore a lined, long-sleeved shirt plus a windbreaker over it - I ended up unzipping the windbreaker around mile 4, but zipped it back up about a mile later when we turned into the wind. My neck gets cold so I wore a buff, and I wore an earwarmer headband as well. Windproof gloves completed my winter gear; I wore a pair of capris with a running skirt over them like I always do, regardless of the season - my legs rarely get so cold that I need to wear full-length running tights.
I started out running with Diane, Cary and Andi, with Julia and Karen just ahead of us. It was nice to run as a group - lots of chatter was happening while we covered our miles. Andi turned around at mile 3, while the rest of us got to explore our new road once again. This time, it was lighter out so we could see our surroundings a bit better - no wild pigs were spotted, but we did see a group of deer running away from us. Side note, how mad do you think those deer were when we turned down that road? They were all "dang it, we have this new road with no vehicles on it and now these dumb runners are disturbing us!" - sorry, deer.
Once we hit mile 3, I took out a package of Probar Bolt energy chews to use as some extra fuel - I can usually do 5 miles with only Tailwind for fuel, but with 6 miles, I need a little boost. Karen had given me the chews to try a while ago, but it was too close to Houston to introduce anything new into my routine. Y'all. These were delicious! They tasted like really good gummy candy - naturally, I made Cary and Diane try some, and they were equally impressed, so when I came home, I ordered a box to get me through the next several months of 6 mile runs/races:
Diane's picture, with Jimmymeow's seal of approval. There are two 90 calorie servings in each package. I don't normally choose orange-flavored anything, but these were really tasty.
I felt good at the end of our run. I know a lot of that was due to the cold weather, but I'll take it. Our next race is a 10K in two weeks, and while there will be some hills at this race, I feel decently confident about it.
After the run, we went to Blue Baker, where our table was being used by one person. The entire restaurant was empty, but she chose our spot - the nerve! We survived, but still...they really just need to reserve that table for us on Saturdays, right? Our bakers took care of us, in the form of a loaf of ciabatta bread (and funny thing, as we were just starting to tear hunks off of it, one of the counter workers offered us her bread knife, which was nice as I'm sure we looked like savages with the bread), and then a plate of brownie edges:
Why yes, I did style this shot to include my half marathon medal!
We finally took our group finisher's picture from the half marathon, except that we're missing Cristy, who lives in another town, and Brian, who was home sick. Renegade Run Club, Houston-edition:
Julia, Karen, Diane, Cary, Andi, me, and Jeff
Finally, I have to show you my new socks just because they are so bright and fun:
They are a special edition of Balega socks, which I love. I've been needing to replace some of mine, and when I saw these, I had to get them. Much more exciting than my usual neon yellow.