So I'll try to be brief in talking about what I've been doing... or trying to do.
In the past 2 weeks, I've made a real effort to get myself back into my usual routine. September 22nd was our 11-year wedding anniversary; my running partner helped me celebrate by running 11 miles with me. During the run, we talked about events that occurred in my marriage that corresponded with our mileage. It's always tough to celebrate an anniversary when half of us isn't around, so it was a really great way to honor these 11 years.
|Run & Done: 11 years, 11 miles|
There was a 5k on post... a Donut Dash. I never eat the donuts, but I had my sights set on a 5k PR. It was pretty rough; I ended up running alongside someone who was way faster than me. But she kept me motivated... until I collapsed on the last mile. Even so, I got a PR of 00:28:45, completely blowing my previous time out of the water.
|Game faces pre-race|
And today, I headed out with my running partner for another 11 miler. It started out miserable. It was rainy & cold & neither of us wanted to stray too far from post for weather-related safety reasons. We ended up looping post a couple of times & when we hit about 5 miles, I couldn't do it anymore. It was depressing & oppressive at the same time. Michelle recommended leaving post; the weather looked like it would hold & we needed to keep going. So that's exactly what we did! At the very end of the run, around 10.5 miles, we ended up using an underpass to go under train tracks... which trashed our legs. So we decided to err on the side of caution & call it at 11 miles. Then we raided the dining facility for brunch & ate everything in sight! It was great.
There you have it. I'm getting my groove back. And getting ready to get Penny moving as my weekday running partner. She just got her first running jacket!
|Running & hot dogs, please.|