Today was another "off" day for running. Don't get me wrong. It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed myself thoroughly, but it was muddy and I was sloooooow.
I fell back from the group after about 2.5 miles. The mud and hills were taking a toll on me today, but it didn't discourage me from my goal to run 20. I shuffled along and after a few minutes my sweetie fell back and decided to run with me the rest of the way.
While the thick sticky mud exhausted and frustrated me, I relished in splashing through the puddles of water lying over the less sticky stuff. Nick was entertained when I stopped to splash around in every stream crossing. He said I reminded him of Roxy (his dog).
Towards the end, Nick and I ran across our friend Lisa and her dog Chaz. I struggled to keep up with Lisa, but I was grateful for the renewed challenge. I kept up with her until the last quarter mile or so, then told her and Nick to go on ahead. I was beat and walked most of the way back to the car.
Overall it was a fun morning. I'm definitely pooped now and hoping for a better run next time. Next Saturday I'm trying for 30 which will be my longest training run. Gotta get ready for the Free State 40 miler!!!