Yes, folks! I even run on my "vacation" during my visit to NC to see my new nephew. Today's low was 76 degrees. Today's high was 102 degrees. OUCH!
I was blessed to have my sister's friend, Patty invite me to join a group of women who were going to run 9 miles. I had to run 13, so either I was going to run 4 after or before. With temperatures predicted to be record breaking, I opted for earlier.
I was up by 4:45am, waiting for the sun to rise so I could start my run. At 5:15, I got antsy and headed out. I had to run 4.3 miles to Patty's house. Most of the 4.3 miles was run in the road as here in NC, there wasn't much of a shoulder. Since it was early, I was however, only passed by 5 cars that got over generously. At one point, I saw a black animal cross the road in front of my. I thought... are there really Panthers in NC? I know that Carolina Panthers are not that good in the NFL... but was that just a name? As I got closer, I saw that it was a small black cat. It look much bigger farther away. LOL!
Patty and the gang were starting at 6:30, and I made it with time to spare. I walked around a little and texted my sister to let her know that I made it. Patty was warm and welcoming and once Stacy arrived we were off. Let me just tell you that these two ladies are FAST. Mile 5 for me was 8:45. I had to slow down as there was no way I was going to make it to 13. Mile 6 was 9:13.... slow down. Mile 7, they were about 1/2 mile ahead of me and I still clocked 9:45.
I just focused on running my run and the rest of the miles were around 10 minutes, except mile 11 was 11:05. It was a nice run through the Greenway. Got a little eye candy around mile 9 that was nice - put a little pep in my step. As the ladies approached intersections or forks in the path, they either waited for me or circled back to make sure I was okay. That was very nice of them. I hope I did not slow them down too much.
Janet arrived and brought my EAS protein drink and a cold wash cloth. I drank it slow as the water that I drank fast at Patty's house was getting to my belly.
I was thrilled to be finished, but really REALLY missed my running buddy, Bob!