Ever have one of those runs that just feels incredible??? I've had a few here and there, but something about this morning's run just clicked. Yes, it was about 0 degrees when we started...and yes, it was a hilly course. But from start to finish it was amazing!!
Jitka was so sweet to offer to pick me up so I'd be sure to make it to Dick Pond this morning for run club. It's so hard to get out of my nice, warm bed on a Saturday morning when the sun is still sleeping and it's well below freezing. But with Jitka coming to drive me, I rolled out of bed at 6:00 and layered up.
It was wonderful seeing so many friends when we got to the store this morning! I joined up with the group going 4.1 miles, and just as we all set off the sun was coming up over the trees and buildings....it was beautiful!
Amy and I set into a comfortable pace (at least for me...I may have slowed her down lol!), and wound our way through the industrial area and lovely neighborhoods on the west side of the river. Of course, along with the charming homes came a lot of hills! I was determined to keep plugging along, and knowing that Amy was by my side was what kept me running. We did have to stop for a few seconds to cross Route 31, and I'm pretty sure that's the moment when I realized my lower half was essentially frozen. We were almost back to the store, though, so we kicked it up a notch and made it back in one piece.
Oh, it was so lovely to get back in and thaw out! My face was covered in frost, and my hair was crispy with ice. We stretched out with the group, and headed out for coffee at Arcedium with the crew (thank goodness for bringing warm, dry clothes!). Warming up, sipping awesome coffee, and laughing with friends was the best way to start my weekend. I can't wait to make it back to Run Club again!