What matters is that the company I shared today was awesome. Simply awesome. I have run many 20-milers in my running life. Some have been tortuous, some have been cut short from tweakiness, some have been just OK. But I simply cannot remember one in which I not only did the full 20 miles, but enjoyed EVERY step of the way.
|Marci, Kris & Mel after two loops.|
We had a lot of laughs, outrageous conversation, a few songs, and some pain and frustration along the way - all par for the course in a 20-mile run. They truly made the miles fly by. This was a long run to remember, and one that I am sure I will recall when things get tough the next time out, as they inevitably do. I will remember Marci's toughness, Kris's upbeat attitude even as she faced shin pain & self-doubt, and Mel's machine-like speed.
|After 20 miles. Yeah, we're hot, sweaty, but smiling & AWESOME all the same!|