On Saturday I got to enjoy one of those blissfully perfect long runs that remind me why I love running so much. A starting temperature of 50 degrees, the sun slowly rising to its beauty over Lake Monona, empty streets, just the sound of perfectly in rhythm footsteps lightly and gracefully hitting the pavement.
No, not really…
For the first 4.6 miles I had the company of @mcmmama who was here all the way from the D.C. area. I’ve met her once last summer, but this time I pressured her into going for a little run while she was in town. THIS is what makes social media awesome. The fact that two interwebs acquaintances who live hundreds of miles away from each were able to get a chance to run together. It was such a joy to take our conversations out of the computer/iPhone and onto the streets.
After I parted ways from her, I was on my own to face the demon that I call the lake loop. This time I went in the reverse direction that I normally go. By just being on the opposite side of the road there was a lot more to notice and appreciate on this route. It’s a feast for me eyes to admire the flower filled landscapes while I cruise up and down the hills of the lake loop. I’m finally finding peace with the lake loop.
When I got to the other side of Lake Monona I stopped at a park where John and I had planned on meeting which was my mile 9, his mile 3. Our timing was perfect! He arrived just seconds after I did. This is what I call a match made in runner-couple heaven!
After 5 more miles I reached 14 miles and he reached 8, which wrapped up a successful morning long run. So many wonderful things to appreciate in 14 miles!! I’m happy with how great the start of this marathon training is going. Having a good start is going to keep my head in a good place.
So who’s traveling to Madison next weekend to join me at the start a 16 miler?