Today's GOOD Run and the Clickety Clicks in the Sidebar

Today I planned a 4 mile run with two friends - Jenn (who is not really a distance runner, but is a natural, and has been adding on mileage quite quickly) and Robin (who is training for a marathon, like me, but she's got more experince and is a lot faster!).  We met at 5am.  After weeks of hitting 105-109 degrees, it was amazing to hit a 73 deg morning.  Robin was looking for an easy run and didn't mind my slow pace (or so she said  ;-)  ).  Jenn was a good sport agreeing to get up so early and run with me.  It was a great run.  The temperature was fabulous, the company was good, and everything just seemed easy.  Running outdoors hasn't felt this way in a long time.  In fact, we felt so good that as we hit the end at 4 miles, we went ahead and tacked on another mile.  I probably would've happily gone even further than the 5, but I was out of time!  I had to get home to get the kiddies up for school.  Giant confidence boost from that run today.  I definitely needed that.  After those super hot mid-summer runs, I questioned whether I'd ever get the mileage to make it through my marathon in December.  Now I can truly feel ok about blaming the bad runs on the weather!

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