7/23/16 5.44 miles
Shortened (for me) group run
YTD: 734.44 miles
204 days in a row
I enjoyed being able to “sleep in” a little bit until 5:30 today. The group was striving for 14 miles, I could only commit to “about 5″. I knew the path through the park that’s part of the normal route qualifies as about 5, so I met them there. Passed them in my car on the way and gave them a little honking; they seemed to know it was me even before they turned around to look.
Before I headed out the door for my car I assumed it would be another cool morning so I slipped some pants on over my shorts. I opened the door and was smacked in the face with hot oppressive humidity. If I weren’t trying to be quiet to avoid waking people up I would’ve turned around and left the pants behind. Oh well.
I arrived at just the right time.
The path was really crowded. Lots of marathon training groups meet up at this park, including the group that was featured in “Spirit of the Marathon” (If you haven’t seen it, do - it’s a great documentary).
If you’ve seen it, or will, the park where Jerry is waiting on his daughter who shows up late - that’s this park that I run through. The movie is a must if you’ve never run a marathon (and are thinking about it or planning on it), or if you’ve not yet run the Chicago Marathon.
So back to today. I was glad to cut it short. Greg was riding the struggle bus - I think we’ve all been there - so he was lagging. Not sure how Kip, Carlo, and Mars fared, but they seemed to be OK when I left them.
My plan calls for no running this weekend, but I can’t give up my streak and I really enjoy running with these guys - even if it’s only for an hour :)
Carlo and Mars stopped for a bit to wait for Greg at my car. Kip had some family obligations to get back to, but set out some water for the guys since their plan was to run by his house on the last of their run:
I hear the water was much appreciated. Greg asked for a haiku, so I delivered:
A hot running summer day