I was in charge of the water support, so I enlisted the aid of my lovely wife, and since her parents were visiting from Iowa, her dad, Larry, tagged along.
|My very nice and lovely wife signing TNT runners in|
|Maria's Dad Larry, and Val's husband Scott|
The snow covered up the sign to turn on the road to Lake Phalen, so we went a little too far, but turned around and made it to our meeting spot. It was a chilly 28 maybe 26 degrees ( or balmy they way our weather has been, take your pick) overcast day, but it wasn't snowing at least! We had about 35 of the mentees show up, which was a great number that showed up! Val, Run Coach Extraordinaire, gave a mission moment about a 18 yo girl who has been diagnosed 3 times with leukemia since the age of 17. It underscored the fact that despite my complaining about the cold, we were out there to train for a reason, and this girl was one of those reasons.
We all headed out on our run, and I got a late start, but slowly ran around the lake meeting some TNT runners, shouting encouragement, and even stopped and spoke with a guy and his girlfriend, and told them that you might not think you can do the half-marathon, but you can have fun training for it with the Team.
I continued on, meet Kimmi, LLS Staff Extraordinaire, and was waved on home....kinda. Well, I didnt realize that I ran past the entrance to the trail and kept going til I realized I had passed by this one bridge before. AND I HAD! Because I was beyond the turnaround! So I ran back and was finally finished. I cant say it was effortless, but I can say that it felt really good to run again, despite my hip pain and in my calf. I am ready for Wed. group practice, bring it on!
Here are some pics of the mighty East Side Team:
|A lot of happy faces after a 3-4 mile i|
|I like the dog!|
Next post my swimming lessons!