Sometimes I just have a perfect training day. Nothing hurts, I don't get blisters, I'm not cold, I don't have a stomach ache and there are friends all around.
I had one of those today.
It began at 6 AM (I was able to sleep in!). I was dressed, breakfast had been eaten, I had a cup of Caribou French Roast from my fab French Press and I was off and driving to the Lake Harriet Bandshell; a 54 mile drive.
At 8 AM a group of old running friends, and new friends, were ready for a longer run. You know what? I met ALL of these people on-line. That's another long story that I will go through one of these days or posts.
I, Jeffrey, Scott, Bonnie, Marie, Amie, Joelle, Paul, Tom and Alicia were all set to run..most of us at different total distances.
It was chilly; the wind felt cold but after a few miles we were much warmer and feeling better.
I enjoy running the Minneapolis Lakes. There are many people out..even at 10F and a stiff wind..there are lots of dogs..all leashed and most very well behaved and there are POTTIES EVERY FEW MILES! I typically drink 24 oz an hour and use those potties at least twice an hour. It beats the woods. I found an unpleasant surprise in one of the toilets..someone missed the hole when pooping I guess..yuck. I was certain to never open that door on that port-a-let again.
32 miles later I was back in my car and heading on home to a turkey on the grill with sweet potatoes in foil. I had prepared everything this morning before I left with a note to Steve with full directions. He came through! Dinner was ready when I was out of the shower.
Now that's a great day :)
Tomorrow I'll run 10 miles on the trail near home with Topaz. He had to miss out on the fun today. He just wouldn't enjoy miles of pavement and having to be on leash.