The great thing was we actually saw other runners today! 8 was our exact count!This was a first for us! Michele said it was because now that registration has taken place people will start seriously training. I think it is because no one else is
Coming up was tough and Michele and I were both thinking we could use a walk break. But then a pair of runners started coming towards us. "Well we can't walk NOW," I said, "we'd look dumb." Then after they were gone before we could agree it was time to walk, along came another pair. Haha, no walk break for you!
At mile 5 our wisdom start to emerge and we both became so wise it is almost nauseating, We agreed that since we were going to be running 17 miles in 4 days, it wouldn't be the smartest thing to run 16 today. So we turned and headed back. For the next few minutes we shared why we thought it was such a good idea! I think we were rationalizing it so we didn't feel like we wimped out!
Happily our head wind was now a tail wind. Too many times we seem to get a head wind both directions. I don't know how it happens, but it does! Our run was so enjoyable today! We did the descent at a nice 9:30 pace. We were enjoying ourselves so much that the wisdom and answers just started flowing out of us! We figured out teenage and young adult stress. We mastered the ability to be a good wife and mother and still do things for yourself. We were really in the groove. But when Michele started to delve into NEXT year's New Year's Resolution I had to stop her, that was TOO much. Our wisdom and knowledge does have it's limits.
It was the 10 that felt like 5 or 6! That's always a great day!
Afterwards we had a mini chilled sprite waiting for us (something we indulge in after long hard runs). A few sips in Michele said, I don't feel like I earned this today. I had to remind her that we earned it on the 5 mile head wind climb. Then she took another drink!