On Saturday, my lovely twin sister woke up around 5am with me to run. Let me just preface this that Janet, used to be an AWESOME runner. In fact, she was ALWAYS way better than me at running.
I had 8 miles, but I wanted to support Janet, so I ran as far as she wanted to go. I am very thrilled that Janet ran 1.5 miles with me at a 12 min/mile pace. I dropped her off at the entrance to her neighborhood and kept running.
Janet ran back to her house which makes her run a little over 2 miles. Yay!
My run was good. I had a hard time picking up the pace, so I stopped at mile 2 (for me), took a sip of water and started running again. It was strange how stopping allowed me to run faster. Pretty soon I was running between 8:30 miles and 9:15 miles. It felt good. It was overcast (when the sun came up) with a slight breeze but it was humid. I thought I would run to her church since the roads in High Point, NC do not have shoulders... but atlas, when I ended up at I-40, I had gone too far. I ran into the gas station on the exit and rinsed off a little, tinkled, and called Janet to let her know that I would be running more than 8 since my Garmin said 5.6 miles and I had to run back.
I also think it is pretty amazing how running back on an out and back run seems so much faster. I guess everything looks familiar and seems a little easier. I was really running fast and for the most part, the cars would get over generously for me. A couple of times I had to run in really high weeds, but I would rather do that than be hit by a car.
I made it back to Janet's house with 9.8 miles on my Garmin... and total time was: 1:33:01
Here we are after we finished (Janet snapped the pic of herself after her 2 miler and then of me)
It was fun running with Janet. I love encouraging her. Now, if she just decides to stop being a baby making machine, she will be beating me in NO time!