Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Running and Conversation

Oct 10, 2010 (5 days ago)

I would have described Friday's run in 1 word: BLECH!

Road construction on the running trails, noise noise noise

I went 7.5 miles and only did that many miles because I'm afraid of falling behind on the 83 miles I need to log this month for TallMom's October challenge. I do my best work with a deadline.

In just a few short but dreadful miles I had reached the point mentally and physically where I was about to call a taxi to drive me back to my car. One of the perks of running through a densely populated, ok overcrowded, city is that you can always call a cab or hop on the bus to save your tired butt.

Another perk of running through city streets is that when you have to make a potty stop along the way you don't have to resort to going in the bushes. Or in your pants.

1 of 2 of McD's along my running route. This one has the nicer bathrooms.

I would have said BLECH! except for the fact that my little sister called halfway through my run all the way from three time zones away, Virginia, and saved the day.

Ericka had called just to chat and apologized for interrupting my run. She was about to hang up but I realized she was just what I needed to keep going: some company. I begged her to keep me company until I could get back to my car. For the next 3.5 miles Ericka chatted my ear off about her work, school, life, marriage, blogging, our family, Pete the dog, and just about every thing else under the sun. She didn't let me get a word in edgewise, and the way I was huffing and puffing I couldn't have managed much conversation any way. She got me all the way back to my car and took my mind off the ache in my knees and foot.

Run and done. Thanks Ericka! Call me anytime.

Ericka & I on the Dipsea trail when she lived in Petaluma.

This got me thinking about something I haven't tried yet: running groups. I don't know where they are or how to pick one, but they should be easy enough to find. I've seen people running in twosomes and threesomes and it looks kinda fun, kinda like a party. I'm going to look into the running group thing. It may be the thing for me.

Do you run alone or in a group? What do you prefer?

Saturday's mileage: 1.5miles. I may be sliding into a funk a week before my LB Half. Figures.


Eating the Rainbow today
R frozen raspberries
O fresh Peaches
Y banana
G frozen spinach and frozen peas
BIV fresh figs and grapes

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