With Heather's parents in town for the long weekend, we were able to enjoy each other's company on the roads more than we have since before Ben was born (9/2006).
Friday we had the Melody Miles course preview together; Saturday was the race plus a warmup and longer cooldown.
Sunday we weren't sure what we'd have time for, but after church and Panera, we headed out toward the Danvers/Topsfield rail trail and ended up doing a nice figure eight on the roads and rail trail for almost eleven miles at a conversational pace.(10.69 in 1:19:23)
Monday Ben marched in the Memorial Day parade with the cub scouts, and we were on our feet all morning. Last minute, Heather and I decided to run, after I had already resigned myself to the idea of a day off. We ran the 7-mile Cutler loop from home for our fourth day in a row of running, which I don't think has happened in the last seven years of married, child-rearing life. Hopefully, this was a foretaste of future days, when sore back and stiff legs aside, we'll have all the time we want to share the roads together.
Yesterday I didn't get out until mid-afternoon, but when I did, I felt some spring in my step. After a 6:50 opening mile, I brought it down to 6:14, 6:11, 6:25, then stayed at 6:00 or faster for the last eight. Last mile of 12 was a 5:21 for a total of 12.05 in 1:12:48.
Feeling good and rejuvenated after all that time enjoying running again with my lovely wife.
Today, the woods?