The long weekend started with a nice cool day on Saturday. It was around 13C/55F all day long! The air was crisp and fresh and I started noticed fallen leaves; it was a nice taste of fall, even though I know we’re still in for some more heat. All day long, people were complaining about the crappy weather for our last long weekend of summer – meanwhile, I was living it up!
A run was the perfect way to start my day. I started solo but soon ran into hubs who was finishing up his run at the park (I opted to sleep in and run later!). We ran together for a short while when I spotted some of my running buddies on the opposite side of the (small) lake. I promptly ditched hubs (I know, I know, but he was headed back to the car anyway!) and bolted to catch up with them. I found out that they were in the middle of a long run, so I tagged along for a while and put a good dent in my run.
Coincidentally, we soon ran into another one of our buddies who was out for a run in his neighbourhood. I decided to turn around and join him for a bit before making my way back to the car. It was good fun having different companions along the way; I guess I like to get around. 😉 In the end, I logged a decent 15K (9.3mi) on this beautiful morning.
On Sunday I opted to forgo the sleep-in and support my training group on their long run instead. It means so much to me seeing a smiling face (and indulging in cold drinks, fresh fruit and treats) in the middle of a tough run, so I’m happy to reciprocate when I have the opportunity. One of the best things about this group is that almost every week someone volunteers their time to do this for us, and it really can make all the difference when it comes to getting through a run.
I headed to their starting point bright and early to see everyone off and let them know where I would be.
Complete with cowbell, M&M costume, a cooler full of water/gatorade along with an array of oranges, watermelon, chocolate and fruity candies, I made my way to pit stop # 1 (after a quick detour home because I forgot the fruit in the fridge – oops!).
To say they were happy to see me would be an understatement! I loved watching the gang devour everything as though they were the best things they had ever tasted. I helped out with some bottle refills before sending everyone on their way. Once all the pace groups had made their way past, I did a quick drive-by before setting up pit stop # 2. By that point, the refreshments were even more welcome!
After the run, I met up with everyone back at the starting point, handing out high fives and leftovers before some of us headed out to brunch.
All in all, it was a great morning and one I was happy to be a part of.
Next up was the Half Marathon on Monday! Race report to follow.