It’s not often that I am afforded the opportunity to run after work. This week, however, YaYa is away at 8th grade retreat. While the boy is away, momma gets to play.
I hooked up with Cindy at a nearby trailhead. Thanks to abnormally heavy traffic and my last minute tying up a few loose ends (which, by the way, really could’ve waited until morning), we got off to a late start. Our goal mileage was 8-10 miles.
Of course, this aspiration was a lofty one given the shorter days and our late start. But we were both willing to give it a go.
If I’d had thought ahead, I might have thrown a headlamp and my glasses into my hydration vest. Unfortunately, I did not have enough foresight to think of that. Instead, I had my EpiPen and sunglasses – good for none other than a hearty laugh.
We ran at a comfortable pace, and did our best to keep our eyes on the trail as much as possible. With leaves already starting to change to fall colors, and the sun setting in the distance, it was somewhat challenging to keep our heads down. But as the sun dipped out of sight, and we entered the thick of the trees, we both found it impossible not to keep our eyes peeled.
We made it out safe and sound with just shy of 8 miles logged…and we rounded it off with about a half mile of street-lit running.