It was not.
Sigh. Just goes to show you how unpredictable a run can be. All I know is that my legs felt stupid right around mile 2.5, which in turn made my brain feel stupid and tell me that I can't run and shouldn't do another half marathon and I just need to stop this nonsense. I hate it when I go down that mental road. But, I recovered and felt better and I'm just hoping that it was simply a sucky run in hot and humid weather, and soon I'll be running like a gazelle in crisp cool weather and everything will be awesome. ONE CAN HOPE, CAN'T ONE?!
Anyway, this was our Run For Icee route, where we ended at the nearby gas station and everyone got an Icee or cold beverage of their choice, which made the end of a crummy run much better. We took a group picture before making the half mile cool down walk back to the clubhouse:
Stroller selfie! Baby Logan is already helping out the Renegades with taking our picture.
And once CC and Loretta finished their runs, we took a group picture with the Renegade babies:
Back: Jeff holding Mason, Diane, Karen, Andi, Cary holding Logan, Brian, me, Loretta
Front: CC and Julia
I do believe this is the worst picture of Jeff I've ever seen - I showed it to him later and asked why he was standing like a pregnant woman, and he said that's how he stands to hold a baby. I think he needs more practice, because it isn't that hard, LOL.
File this under: If you really want to, you'll make it happen. I wanted to tell you about how the new moms in our group are managing to get their running done. CC is training for her first marathon and had 13 miles on tap for Saturday. She started early, running with baby Mason in the stroller while Loretta kept her company, riding her bike up and down the sidewalk for five miles. They made a pit stop at the Clubhouse, where Loretta parked her bike, and CC handed the stroller over to Loretta, who then ran her five miles, while CC continued on to complete a half marathon - yes, she ran that extra .1 to hit the distance...of course! We all would have done that.
Meanwhile, Cary left Logan at home with Brian and set out for her first post-baby run, getting two miles in before the rest of our group showed up. Then Brian left for his run, while Cary put baby Logan in the stroller and walked with Jimmymeow for 2.5+ miles. While I know that none of this is easy, and it definitely takes some extra planning and coordination, the new parents in our group are great examples of how to get their running in, and I'm impressed. I wasn't a runner back when I had my babies, but I doubt that I would have been as dedicated as our Renegade parents are when it comes to exercising, and I give them kudos for the extra effort they are making.
On Monday morning I had a nice long walk with Cary, and then had a decent run on Tuesday morning with Jeff and Diane, which was good - I wondered if walking so far might affect my running, but it didn't seem to, so that was nice. It was still hot and humid, so I can't even say the weather was a factor in that - maybe I'm building a little extra endurance? That would be nice; I need all the endurance I can get!