Just A Little Night Cap

My 11 year old daughter and my 9 year old son begged me with big eyes to please take them on a bike ride tonight. Well, my bike is broken and hasn’t been fixed yet, but I can run – so I laced up the shoes and off we headed.  Temperature was about 87 degrees.

It’s been a while since I ran at night. When I first started running, most of my runs were in the evenings when my husband was home from work and the family had finished dinners and chores. Tonight it was fun getting to experience the sun going down again, the mouthwatering smells of family BBQ’s, the comforting smells of laundry being dried and the late summer blooms.

The kids were so cute!  They loved that they could get ahead of me pretty easily. I found after getting our bearings in the first mile, that when they rode comfortably, the pace I had to keep just to stay within 20 feet was about a BQ pace for my age.  I told them they could be my golden ticket over the next couple of years when I needed pacers! ha ha.

I loved spending time with my two oldest, saying, “Hello” to the neighbors out walking their dogs and pushing their baby carriages and getting my sweat on for the second time today. It was invigorating.

Mile 1 (we had two bike wipe-outs that weren’t serious that slowed us down) 10:31
Mile 2: 8:41
Mile 3: 8:39
Last .27 of a mile: 8:31

Stats: 3.27 miles. Ave pace: 9:14. Time: 30:11. Felt: Hot but Happy.

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