you recruit. i know i've said it before, but i will say it again. the power of social media is amazing. a friend of a friend was running twenty miles saturday. conveniently the same day i was running. so i typed her a response to her message about running, closed my eyes, and clicked send.
just like that i was going on a running blind date. (thanks court for the terminology :) )
twenty miles is a long way. and her pace is slower than my normal, but it's twenty miles and i didn't want to break anything so i figured it was better than not running anything at all. right? right!
now that means 4+ hours of running with someone i have never met before. my friend hilary did run part of it with us which was awesome. and she is a rockstar because she ran 4.5 miles over her intended distance.
but it turned out to be just a-okay. anything to keep me entertained. as it turns out, i don't actually let the other person/people entertain me as much as i think, because i realized that i do not shut up when i am running with people. to be honest, i don't actually shut up that often when i am not running, so it shouldn't have been too much of a surprise.
we ran what is deemed the hardest part of the Publix Marathon course. that may actually just be my opinion, but i like to think there are people out there who hate it as well. hills. so many hills.
anyhowsies. seeing a city on foot is a great way to check out all the sites. and when you have a twenty mile run. you see all of them. well at least a good majority of them.
giant houses in grandiose neighborhoods.
the lovely firemen at fire station 19 in the virginia highlands. (second water stop).
so that's how i ran twenty miles. one foot in front of the other. except when i was distracted and forgot about looking where my feet were....