What a run! The goal was to run the entire perimeter of Lake Lowell. We did it! The total mileage was less than we expected by a bit — but not much. 26.64 total miles. My running buddy and I agreed from the start to leave the Garmins on the entire time and not shut them off for bathroom breaks, fueling or — calling 911! Yeah – that’s right – our run did take a spooky turn about 11 miles in. A strange guy honked at us as we jogged along the side of the road near the Lake. We ignored him. When we came around the next bend, though, he was parked alongside of the road waiting for us.  We’re both safe, but he did do a couple things that made us both feel concerned he was a “bad guy” as we passed his truck. My awesome friend memorized his plate number and we called the cops. We kept running and thankfully the “bad guy” didn’t follow. The police met us a few minutes later and we were very happy to see them turn on their lights and go have a “chat” with the guy. We were gone before we saw if he was arrested — but we both felt that the police did a great job responding to our concerned call. 

A very nice friend of ours met us a bit later and ran a few miles with us, which was a welcome surprise! The vitamin water and energy bars were also a very appreciated treat at about the 21 mile mark! Yay!

I did have some tummy problems today, but nothing that stopped me for good. Most of our miles today were in the 12 – 13 min range which was what I’d hoped for.  There were some great hills the second half, which were pretty tough.

The weather today was interesting. When we started at around 8:30, it was 34 degrees with winds about 25 mph! When we finished, it was 61 degrees — and the winds had continued. Amazingly, the wind didn’t get us down. The first half, it even felt like the wind was pushing us along. The second half, we ran INTO it and faced the hills — but we prevailed!

Seeing the map of Lake Lowell and the surrounding area show up on my Training Center software with a nice yellow line showing that we did, indeed run the entire perimeter (at least the roads) of Lake Lowell really meant a lot to me today.  I did it! I feel great! My legs still have some bounce and I still have some pep. I can’t believe it! I really AM getting stronger and my body is learning to handle these longer distances! Horray!!!!!!!

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