This past weekends trial run was one of my best ever.... not because of pace... not because of the location.... but because I was able to share it with and meet some great local runners. Mike and Chris joined me, Jackie, and Susan for a 13 mile trail run at our local State Park. It was VERY humid and we had a light sprinkle of rain every now and then but mostly we just talked none stop about all kinds of topics. The group clicked and the laughter began right away. These two guys had some great personalities and kept things interesting. It was priceless. What a fun group. I must point out that Chris had never ran trails before and was a real trooper. He teased about dropping after the first loop but hung in for the entire distance. Welcome to the DARK SIDE Chris. You will never look at road running the same again :)
We finished up and enjoyed some cold water melon as we toweled off. Our entire bodies were soaked with sweat and our legs were covered with dirt from the trail. It looked like we had ran through mud. A quick drive to the closest CVS and we purchased our Mountain Dews and our run was over. What a fun time!!
I would also like to point out that Scott also joined us. Although he has given up trails he ran the road portion inside of the park and rocked it. In all I think he ran 5 miles but like most roads in our area a lot of it was hills. I am so glad that he joined us and was able to meet Mike and Chris as well.
Sunday I rode with Jackie and was a bit surprised that my legs felt as good as they did. I could feel fatigue from the previous days run but was still able to maintain my normal pace. It was another very humid day and I must say that I enjoyed the ride but enjoyed staying indoors for the rest of the day once I got home.
This week will mark the first week of hill repeats. Just keep repeating "hills are your friends" and maybe my body will follow with love.