I didn't run much at all in July, but I did quite a few miles of walking and hiking in and got a chance to see my Frunners nearly every weekend. It was hot, crazy Texas hot, so I was actually glad to have an excuse to not be in the middle of all that with intense training. And even though I wasn't racing, I did finish a race in July, the Colony Fourth of July 5k. Erin was gracious enough to walk with me and keep me company, and we hung out after to watch the two Michelles get AG awards and then were treated to pancakes and mimosas at Team K's house after that. Definitely see a new Frunner tradition starting with this race!!
|Drum-Ninja Showdown, Part One!|
|Always a great day when I see Mr K & the Lindsley men!|
|Top of the hill out at Cedar Ridge.|
|Requisite self-portrait. Foreshadowing of things to come...|
|You meet all kinds of people out on the trail!|
|My favoritest park!|
|Pre-race with Marci|
|Looking good out there, Marci!|
|Make it glitter, make it rain! About to get our cheer on!|
|Sweet Julie came out just to cheer! YAY!|
|THIS. This is why I run!|
|With Blanca & Lupe - Latina POWAH!|
|Post-run with 25kers|
|Pre-Run at Erwin Park|
|Great girls' run - pretty colors!|
|Fi billy-goating up that hill!|
|Morning at the Lake|
|Great time when we run into Frunners!|
|with my Sarah! <3|
Total Miles: 50
Number of Races: 1 (one 5k)
August found me out at White Rock again, this time with Marci and Erin, for a loop around the lake and breakfast post-run with Megan and Mel. The heat of the summer was definitely upon us and my lack of training was hard to deal with even with scheduled walk breaks during my longest run post-surgery. But, we laughed and had a good time, per usual with these two!
|The Whitest Girls You Know|
|Yes, I am that short...|
The next day, I met Sarah again, this time out at Northshore for a combo trail run and swim lesson. This was another great day on the trails - I was starting to get my legs back and it's always just a fine day when I get to run with my favorite barefoot Jew!!
|Cherry could hear us through the trees!! hahaha!|
|Dirty girl. Yes, please!|
|I swam in that. For reals. Go me!|
|Hardware. And, yes, that's a long-sleeved shirt in August!|
But this race... man, this was hard. Probably my hardest of the year to date, physically and mentally. We only were out there for a training run, for the hardware. No time goals. But, this race... Lots of memories came flooding back to me while I was on this course, of who I used to be as a runner and was no longer because of the surgery. Memories of running partners who I've run around this lake with in the past, some of whom are no longer friends, and others who have become closer friends and family to me than I could ever have imagined. Memories of hard training runs, hot training runs, windy training runs. Memories of the tears shed around this lake, and anger and frustration exorcised around this lake, and mostly, memories of laughter and love shared around this lake.
The White Rock Lake Girls were born on this lake, and it will always be special to me. We had a reunion out here that day, too, even though Mel and Kris ran the 10k instead of the half. That was so special to me, and the fact that Fiona and Marci ran with me, when they were both so much faster than I, meant so much. They also knew when I needed them at my side, and when I needed to run alone, to think through all that was flying through my brain, to process all my emotions and thoughts. There are a lot of bridges on that course, more than we'd ever noticed even though we ran that lake constantly all year 'round. And when it was time to throw negativity and pain and doubt and heartache over the bridge, they were there for me. That was just beyond awesome. I can never express how important that was to me, to have them there with me as I faced that half-marathon that day.
And in the end, this race was good. It was hard, hot, and miserable while we were out there, but in the end, it was a good day.
|These people rock my world!|
|Two of my favoritest runner dudes!|
|Lots of peeps running in the heat!|
|Through fire for these girls. FIRE!|
Total Miles: 71
Number of Races: 2 (one half-marathon, one 5k)
September started out with a return to the trails, after a little bit of a funk after Hottest Half. I went through a little bit of a slump emotionally and physically after that race, in which I didn't want to race or run, or even meet up with Frunners. I had to snap out of it. And to help me, I met up with Drum, Coco and Cherry for a few miles out at Northshore. They had so much common sense and really helped me get my head back on straight. Nothing like a little dirt on your feet to help you figure out the problems of the world!
|Coco,Drum & Cherry.|
|Bright-ass shoes scored us hardware!|
|Fountain at start & end of each loop|
|Our sherpa Marci with D & me, post-run.|
|These cobblestones beat me down after 27 miles!|
Total Miles: 110
Number of Races: 3 (one 5k, one 10+ miler, one timed race)