To Melba and Back with Bertha

I’ve been running with Bertha for more than two years now. We have a nice rhythm, a good companionship and a comfortable understanding between us as we chat about life and run. Tonight I got a nice, big dose of “Bertha time.”  I really needed it.

We’d said for ages that we were going to run from her house to a nearby town called Melba and back again but had never gotten around to doing it.  Tonight was the night to finally get it crossed off our “Wish List.”  We started at about 6:30pm and didn’t end up back in her driveway until about 10:30pm.  The last hour we ran and walked in the dark under the stars just sharing our thoughts on life. It was tons of fun!

Stats: 15.33 miles. 16:01 ave pace (14:12 moving pace.) 4:05 – total time. (3:37:51 moving time.) Average Heart rate: 118 (I’m noticing it’s getting lower in the last week compared to when I started tracking it. Guess that means I’m getting fitter! Yay!) Max HR: 193. Best Pace: 7:46.  Elevation Gain: 576 ft (there were many rolling hills, but the Big Daddy of them all was about 300 of gain in a long slow uphill stretch.  Bertha and I saw it coming for miles before we reached the base. I ran every, single step of that hill and felt AWESOME! I threw my hands up in victory at the top! It felt great!!!

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