We were trucking along, just the two of us, when right around the 2.5 mile mark, Diane grabbed my arm and said WHAT IS THAT?? I was still running when I looked ahead to see an armadillo crossing our path - and yes, I screamed! It startled me! Plus I had that forward momentum thing going, and had Diane not noticed it, we surely would have run into it, eek! Diane ended up yelling at it to go away, and it did, back into the field from where it must live. I, in the meantime, tried to recover from my extra bout of cardio brought on by being startled plus screaming about it - sheesh! I do not need that much excitement in my life.
Afterward, we went to Blue Baker, where our baker asked us why we weren't there on Saturday - he'd left a loaf of ciabatta bread for us! He understood when we told him about the baby shower, but we were all sad to have missed out on the ciabatta. I mean sure, we could have bought a loaf of day-old ciabatta, but our baker gives us one fresh from the oven and you can't beat that!
For the record, this is just gross to run in.
Yesterday Diane, Jeff, and I ran - it was still sprinkling from the heavy rainstorms we'd had the day before. Humidity and dew point were at miserable levels; we managed to run 2.5 miles but it wasn't pretty. There is nothing happening but gutting it out when conditions are like this - our only hope is that we are somehow going to get rewarded with the BEST RUN EVER when we get our first cool front a few months from now.
Cary and I worked on the running schedule for our group last week; we're trying something a little different this go-round, which is to do a 16-week training for the Houston half marathon. We reasoned that since we're all still running, we should be able to handle starting off with 5 miles and increasing from there. Well, Cary might have more of a challenge considering she'll be giving birth and recovering from that, but she feels pretty good about getting back out there. The really nice thing about a shorter training schedule is that we won't officially start until the end of September, and while it will still be hot, we won't have been running longer distances already for 8 weeks before that time. I think we end up just being worn down from running so much in the heat that it makes training for Houston feel harder than it has to be.
I'm excited to still be in the off-season for a while still - we can run but not overdo it in the heat, plus I'm looking forward to powering through that shorter schedule once we begin training.