This week's runs have been great!
Monday- 3 miles
Tuesday- 5 miles
Wednesday- 3 miles
Thursday- rest with yoga
Today I planned on 14-15 miles. Since this is "Spring Break"- in quotes because it was only two days due to snow- I got to run long on a weekday. Also because it's Spring Break, I had dental appointments. Yes, plural. Yesterday and today. Today's appointment ended at 12:00, giving me time to grab lunch (sushi- good choice?), run an errand, change clothes in a public restroom, and get to runnin'.
I knew it was going to be a boring run, but I had prepared for it. I had my shuffle, some Gu chomps, and a Gatorade bottle which I left on the top of my car. The plan: three five-mile legs, each ending at the car for a snack. Oh, the boredom.
I ran the first leg. No one was at the park. Lunch time on a Friday is not popular for exercise, apparently. It was pretty windy, too, but that breaks up the monotony. I crossed paths with two runners, a few bikers, and a dog walker, but that's all. I got back to the car ready to lose the jacket and slurp some Glacier Freeze.
And there were the two runners! The man talked to me, but I couldn't hear him with my loud music. I took out my ear buds and we chatted. Then the woman said she was running 9 more.
Dork that I am, I unhesitatingly said, "Can we run together?" Thankfully she only looked at me strangely for a split-second, and then we (re)introduced ourselves. Turns out we knew each other from the running store! We negotiated pace- I love how runners always swear they'll slow each other down when it is so not the case- and took off.
My new running buddy and I ran 9 miles at about 8:30 pace. We talked about our families, our children (who go to the same school!), racing plans, and all the sorts of things two runners talk about: arm sleeves, shoes, race fuel.
So, my planned boring run turned out to be fast, challenging, and really fun. I'm thankful for a monotonous first 5 miles to highlight the next 9. My legs are happily sore from a lot of running and a little yoga, but the red wine is helping.