Diane and I met up with Cary about 30 minutes before the rest of the group, so Cary could do part of her run with us before heading back to switch baby duties with Brian. We did our usual intervals and before we knew it, we'd hit about 1.5 miles, which meant it was time for Cary to turn around. Diane and I kept going, stopping once to adjust her fuel belt and leaping around another time when we ran into a massive spider web...yes, the spider web dance happened big time! We reached our turnaround point and kept expecting to see the rest of the Renegades, but we didn't, for quite a long time. Finally, we saw a blinking light in the distance, but realized it was on the ground - oops, it belonged to Diane, and had gotten knocked off when we fixed her fuel belt. Good thing it was still blinking so we found it on the way back!
Eventually we started to see our Renegades. I heard later that they were all just hanging around, chatting, and finally realized they needed to get running - ha! They started about 10 minutes late. Right after we passed everyone, Diane and I made the turn into the fancy neighborhood. I like this area to run in, but the entrance, which is about half a mile long, is a gradual slope that doesn't look bad on paper, or even in person, but it's a challenge to run and elicits many curse words from me as we run it. And lest you think I'm just being a baby, Diane and Karen cussed it out, too. At the suggestion of Diane after last week's rough run, I had my music set and ready to go if I felt like the run was getting hard, and I turned it on when we started down that road, which was at mile 4. Not gonna lie, that part still was hard to get through, but after that the rest of the run felt surprisingly good, with the last 2 miles being the fastest of the entire run! So maybe there is something to using music when the going gets rough. I don't put a lot of emphasis on my pace, especially on my long runs - to me, it's mostly getting the miles on my legs - but it was nice to see negative splits for a change!
You can order official In Training t-shirts from Houston for their race; everyone's shirt arrived before Saturday so naturally we all had to wear them. I love the color and it's super soft, just the perfect thing to change into after a long run.
Yesterday morning, a cool front started blowing in when Jeff, Diane, and I went for our early-morning run. It felt so nice, and even though I was a little tired from my long walk the day before, plus some extra exercise, not slogging through 100% humidity was wonderful. This morning, I'll be going for another long walk with Cary and I think I may actually need to start off with a light jacket! I wouldn't need that if I were running because you do warm up pretty quickly, but walking is a different matter. I'm sure our humid mornings will return soon because Texas likes to tease when it comes to cool weather; in the meantime, I'm getting out and enjoying it these lovely cool mornings!