Nice cool morning, but a bit windy. Thankfully part of our run was through RO, the place of no wind no matter what. :O) It was pretty running through there this morning with a lot of folks leaving their Christmas lights on. Those rich people sure must have some high electric bills during December! I wish more of the people left them on though. There were a lot of homes that you could tell had lights and decorations but must turn them off when they go night-night. :)
I somehow walked out of the house this morning with no Garmin? Unheard of, but I definitely did it and didn't even realize it until I took off for my first few miles around base before starting with the group.
My back yesterday was quite ouchy, so I was worried for this morning and when the alarm went off it was still a bit ouchy, but bearable. Once I started running it eased up thankfully and I never really felt much of it unless I was on a down-slope (there are a few on this route).
Since I left my Garmin at home, I just got in the 4hr group and decided to hang on as long as I could, knowing that they would be running faster than the posted training pace. I had to step it up this morning due to the fact I had an early hair appointment in Sugarland (couldnt get a later one!). I am not sure where I ended up in the mix, but figured I was either with the 4hr group and by the end was with the 4:15 group. I knew early on that I should not try and keep up with them, but did until about the 1/2 way point mostly because once we came out of RO the wind was a headwind and got in right behind 2 girls in the 4hr group and drafted until we switched directions :) which was about just over a mile or so, then I just backed off a bit.
Its several hours later now, and my back is feeling pretty darn good. My foot never went numb through the whole run which is always a good sign, so I am feeling cautiously optimistic. My plan is to hit the gym in the morning and if it aggravates the back again, then I will have to just lay off of them until after my 21 miler next weekend. I am hoping, SO hoping that its fine because I firmly believe that all the upper body/core work I have been doing is the sole reason I have been running so strong lately. The uphills on the last 2 long runs would normally do a number on me (HATE hills) but I have been strong on them and able to power through and not be completely out of breath once I top off.
Lots of other running around today, including fighting the crazy people at the grocer, but I knew I had better go now as it will only get worse as it gets closer to Christmas and I needed to get the stuff to make one of my momma's best desserts she always made at Christmas! There were several wine vendors giving samples, and I tried them all. I even bought a bottle of Pinot Grigio to enjoy thinking it will definitely help my back. :)
Enjoy your weekend and happy running!!!