Yesterday evening I headed down to the Dilworth Area to help out with their St. Patrick's Day 4.4 Miler. Eimear and I had been exchanging emails for a few weeks now and she had invited me to run with them. Never passing up the chance to make the miles go by easier, I readily agreed.
I hadn't run on this course for a couple years. Not since Tim Long was doing these runs on regularly on Thursday nights.
Living in Charlotte for years now, I know a lot of runners, but I never cease to be amazed at all of the new faces as people make running a part of the lives.
One of the new faces was Jon. Jon and I had attended college together and went through some of the same computer science classes, but like most people we lost touch after college. Once or twice over the years, I would run into him. Then, I few weeks ago, I noticed that he (or who I thought was him) was on the relay team. I wasn't sure if it was the same guy. I mean you never know. Then, last Saturday, I saw him at the Corporate Cup race. We didn't get a chance to sync up. He was running and I was taking pictures so it was a surprise yesterday when I saw him.
Emear did a great job organizing the run and even had a clock and small prizes for everyone afterwards.
The run was just like I like it beautiful weather and plenty of people to share to the experience. The hills were just like I remembered them not long but steep.
My quads were definitely not happy doing a second up tempo run. After all, they took good care of me during my run at McAlpine in the morning. Maybe 2 miles into our run my legs were just starting to loosen up.
Once the blood started flowing and I was able to cruise along. But again, those first couple of miles was really tough.
I was the first one back and took pictures of everyone as they finished. I wish the pictures had turned out better, but I was using my little hand held camera so I could carry it during our run. Besides, I am still a budding photographer.
As I understand it, they have these Thursday evening runs every week so anyone interested just has to show up and run.
Thoughts from the Cool Down Runner