Today I planned a 4 mile run with two friends - Jenn (who is not really a distance runner, but is a natural, and has been adding on mileage quite quickly) and Robin (who is training for a marathon, like me, but she's got more experince and is a lot faster!). We met at 5am. After weeks of hitting 105-109 degrees, it was amazing to hit a 73 deg morning. Robin was looking for an easy run and didn't mind my slow pace (or so she said ;-) ). Jenn was a good sport agreeing to get up so early and run with me. It was a great run. The temperature was fabulous, the company was good, and everything just seemed easy. Running outdoors hasn't felt this way in a long time. In fact, we felt so good that as we hit the end at 4 miles, we went ahead and tacked on another mile. I probably would've happily gone even further than the 5, but I was out of time! I had to get home to get the kiddies up for school. Giant confidence boost from that run today. I definitely needed that. After those super hot mid-summer runs, I questioned whether I'd ever get the mileage to make it through my marathon in December. Now I can truly feel ok about blaming the bad runs on the weather!
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