Anyway, the run. The weather was nice - it was 59 degrees, with humidity in the low 70s, which doesn't sound all that low until you remember that we've been in the mid-90s percentile for months. We had 10 miles on our schedule, but I'd already decided to just run 7, in hopes of feeling like I'd accomplished something when I finished, instead of feeling like a failure because I hadn't run the full planned distance. Diane started early so she had 3 miles done by the time I arrived; we met up and set off on the run. Not only was it a nice morning for a run, but our route had several points where we crossed paths with the other Renegades, so that was good - it's always fun to see our group out there.
I planned our route to run through the park where the Rotary Club always puts flags out for Veteran's Day. They place 1,000 flags and it's really moving to run by them in the early morning; we did an out-and-back so we got to see them twice. On our way back, we stopped so Diane could take a picture:
We paused our Garmins while she took her phone out, took the picture, and put it back in her running belt, and then started running again. We'd exited the park and were running on the main road when Diane's Garmin beeped for the mile, but mine did not...and that's when I looked down and realized that I'd forgotten to restart my Garmin! Thus began the forking minute (makes sense if you've watched The Good Place, and if you haven't, you should, it's really good). Motherforker, I was mad and the curse words were flying!! I wanted full credit for my run, dang it! We figured out that I was half a mile behind Diane, so although my Garmin only says I ran 6.5 miles, I really ran 7. I did, I swear! Sigh...
We finished up and except for the stabby ankle, I felt pretty good. It's been quite a while since I've not felt like death warmed over after a long run, so I'll take it. Oh - I got to wear my new shoes for this run:
Our running store finally got their shipment of the Brooks Levitates!
I've only worn the shoes for two runs so I don't have a real review of them yet, but I have to say that it's the strangest thing - when I put these shoes on in the store, it felt like I wasn't wearing anything. Like (and I know this sounds so new-agey) my shoes were one with my feet. Anyway, after the run, I'd taken them off and when Karen came in, she asked to try them out - she wears the same size as me. She put them on and went for a little run up and down the street and came back saying the same thing - it's like you don't know you're wearing shoes! Needless to say, she bought a pair.
While we were sitting around on the driveway, cooling down, we had three cars stop and people get out to come to our not-garage-sale. It was comical, actually - and that was before we pulled out a box of sample sizes of shirts to try on for our new running shirt. I almost feel like we should make a sign saying we aren't having a garage sale! Although, maybe we should go ahead and have one - it's only open from when the first runner returns to when we get hungry and need to go to breakfast. Hey, we might make enough to cover some race fees!
One more funny thing from Saturday - Cary was inside and happened to look in the backyard and saw Abi staring at the fence:
Do you see her through the blinds?
This wasn't even Tucker's yard - who knows what she was looking at so intently? Cary thinks it might have been a squirrel, but whatever it was, Abi was fixated. Dogs are so funny and I can't help but laugh every time I look at this picture!