Some of coach’s final words were, “I’d even be comfortable with you only looking at the distance, running what ‘feels’ easy and then checking your time afterward to see what your pace was.” That’s just what I did.
I turned Garminia on and set her down to latch onto the satellites as I loaded my running shoes with my orthotics, m-arch cushions, and the stock insert. I was lacing up by the time Mark came outside to join me. We set out on a 4 mile course talking away. I was particularly happy to have company on my run. It seems like it has only been Garminia lately. Today, she stayed silent as Mark and I caught up.
We talked about running, our families, and work. Actually, I did most of the talking. I guess Jabbering Julie was really happy to have company on the run.
By the time we hit the bench marking our spot to turn around Mark had only gotten a few words in. I had heard the weatherman say that rain was on the way, but it sure hadn’t hit yet. The day was gorgeous and warm. It was too warm for my long-sleeved shirt. I pulled it off and ran in my shorts and jog bra.
We ran past people walking, kids playing on the play structures of the local park, and ducks swimming in the pond. It was so nice out, that I didn’t want to go back to work. We stretched and I pulled my shirt back on for the purpose of being presentable as I walked through the building. After being quiet the entire run, Garminia finally let out a little peep (she lost the signal to the satellites). She reported the average pace for today’s “easy” run was right on target.