Stats for 5/28:
Running with Shelby on the river trail in 70+ degree weather.
My work-lunch-running-buddy Shelby and I FINALLY reconnected after weeks of having off schedules. Poor Shelbs was sore from her Ski to Sea relay race over the weekend. In short Ski to Sea is a 90 mile relays race with the following legs: 1. Cross Country 2 .Downhill / Snowboard 3. Running 4. Biking 5. Canoe 6. Mountain Biking 7. Sea Kayak. Shelby was the designated runner. Running Course Length: Approx 8 miles, 2,200 ft drop in elevation. She ZOOMED her way through the course and has been nursing sore legs ever sense. See my buddy is her adorable race photo below, yes I stole the photo, sorry photographer!!!
So we set out on a SLOW run together. I wanted to show her my new route. We talked and meandered along the weaving river path. It was in the 70's with a light breeze, nice for a run but approaching on hot for a Washington girl. The cottonwoods released there fuzzy white tuffs and parts of the path looked like it was snowing. A nearby pond was dusted with a thin film of cotton and pollen. Bugs, cotton, more people on the path, gotta love the sun...
Her increased fiber diet did not agree with Shelby so she asked me to tell stories to give her something to focus on, other than her gurgling tummy. As you know I can talk....well I guess you don't know that...as much as I like to write I like to talk ,so I thought up a few recent (uninteresting) tidbits and kept us moving.
Eventually Shelby had to walk and I set on. My joints were sore, knew I would be icing when I got home. I could not pick up the pace, oh well slower it is. I passed a muscular guy with PERFECT posture. How do people run with straight backs? It is WEIRD to me. Soon after him a VP at my company bounced by, I didn't know he ran? I say "bounced" because he has wavy flowy hair and while running it flops up and down. His Ipod, Sunglasses and perfect attire reminded me that I am in a totally different economic class....I wondered if I could beat him in a foot race, the thought brought out my dimpled grin.
Nearing the end of the run there were 3 women, who looked like tourists, on the path. They walked 3 abreast as if they owned the sidewalk, the Monkeys music video comes to mind. Should I weave around the middle? Or maybe do a spin move? Possibly hurdle the shorter one in the middle? Maybe rudely bellow GET OUT OF THE WAY!!! Nope, I simply went to the left and ran on the browning grass.
Home stretch, I sped up UNTIL...a lady in a car stopped and yelled "Do you know how to get to Ikea?" REALLY? REALLY? Do I look like I am out for an afternoon stroll? I wanted to pretend like I did not hear and continue on my way. Fortunately for them I am not that person. I stopped and kindly passed on the gem of directional knowledge. Sped back up and hit STOP....
FYI mentally, physically and emotionally preparing for my 20 miler tomorrow.. Any advice for a Rookie? All the best to the gang of bloggy runners in the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll this weekend!!! Go Aron (Runner's Rambles)! Go Amanda (Run to the Finish)! Go Sara (AKA Rookie on the Run) you are going to ROCK!!!