Today was supposed to be the first official run with the group. We were to run 4 miles back and forth over the Bailey road bridge.
I love that bridge.
Unfortunately and fortunately, my husband had to work this Saturday. Yea, because extra work pay is awesome, boo because I would miss my run. Luckily, the awesome Kelly decided to skip the Saturday run so she could run with me on Friday.
We agreed to meet at the rec center, because if we didn't it would be way to easy to justify not running the hills. As we took off, we were trying to remember the directions from last year. Things are a little different this year, but as I was telling Kelly, I had been running more at this time last year than I am now. Going back to last year's start schedule was probably a good idea.
As we took off over the hill the first time, we got cat-called by some yahoo driving by. We took it and started singing something like "Sexy and I Know It" and kept going. Mile 2 and bridge pass 2 was a little harder. I think it's a longer distance on the incline making it a little more difficult. Not to mention it is so freaking hot; you could feel the heat radiating off of the sidewalk. The second pass was not fun. Finally we made it the top and finished up mile two.
As much fun as we were having and as great as the converation was, all I could think heading for pass number 3 was "I don't want to do this anymore." And I said it out loud. Kelly just laughed and we kept going. Literally, as we were at the top of the bridge I looked off the side and a train passed at that exact moment. It scared the crap out of me! I must have been so lost in the thought of getting to the top that I didn't hear it coming. Talk about timing. Geez!
On the way down, we were met by another cat call. Kelly was all, "I know! We're hot!" And I said, "Ya! In more ways than one!" And we laughed more.
I have never not wanted to do a 4th mile than this last hill. On the way up the hill, we got another cat call preceeded by a honk. Again, it scared me! At this point it is dark, and I really don't think these people realize how scary it can be running on this bridge at night. Otherwise, you wouldn't honk! We decided that we needed one more cat call that way there would be one for each mile. As we were getting closer to the rec center, we knew we weren't going to get it. I told Kelly to flash the next oncoming car, but she said no. I can't imagine what the big deal was. Geez!
It was a tough 4 miles, but it was a good 4 miles. I was sorry we wouldn't be running with the group, but I really enjoyed it anyway.
The only bad thing is I felt that pain in the side of the back of my knee, and if I'm remembering correctly this is an IT band issue, which is not good. After I log off here, I'm going to look it up and see what I can do to work on it before it's a problem.
I can't have anything stop me from running the hills.