This morning I met my running friend at Delaware Park around 8:15. We had the intention of running 4-5 miles because our last run together, on Monday, was 6 miles and when that one was over, we were both limping.
But it was a lovely morning, 62 degrees, low wind and humidity and a bit cloudy, so no fighting the glare. The other runners, walkers, all but one biker, and the golfers were are super friendly and happy. Buffalo really perks up when the rain stops.
So we ended up running farther and finished 6.6 miles, which is just a bit more than half of a half marathon. Our pace was slow, but the park has a hill with a 42 foot elevation gain over a quarter mile, and climbing that long hill three times, can make you tired.
Anyway, this run pushed me through another wall - I know I can finish a half marathon if I can run at least half of it before slowing to walking - but I also know that I have a bit of time to get better before September 19th (or failing that, October 25th).
In other news, our visit with my Mom and sister was terrific. On Tuesday, they came by for breakfast with the boys and Peaches. My sister had all the family related updates, including good reports from both my cousin and nephew who are currently in Kabul*, not together, but within a mile of each other. She also told me that our SIL and niece are currently in Chicago for the last Grateful Dead shows, having had comped passes from an old friend from their San Rafael days. It pays to keep in touch.
Connor returned to Michigan with them. Rather than make my sister get back in the car to drive him to meet us this weekend, Gary and I will drive there on Saturday, spend the night and come home on Sunday. Griff will probably stay back with a friend.
We will be taking Peaches with us, because her people are leaving for their annual week in the forest and on Monday, our guest from Germany** will arrive.
Busy, happy, fun days ahead.
* My cousin is US Army Reserves and has volunteered for a ten month stint in Afghanistan so members of his unit do not have to be deployed. My nephew will be there about four months and this looks to be his last deployment for the Navy, unless he re-ups.
** Laure, the chaperone of the kids here for the summer program. We met last winter and have been keeping in touch, she is lovely, but I'm skipping a lot of the group activities this time around.