My husband and I met up with some new friends from our new running club and did an easy run at our local Metropark. The snow was still falling on the drive there though it quit before we started the run. It was just enough to make the trees along our path beautiful but not enough to make footing dangerous. The temperature was just above freezing - perfect!
The entire group, seven of us, ran together for six miles, or one loop of Stony, where three of the guys called it quits. My hubby hung on for another mile then turned back. My last two companions turned around a mile later. I once again did the longest run of the group - 14 miles. Fourteen wonderful, year-ending miles.
It was great to find this group. They run pretty close to our (mine and hubby's) pace. We did between 8 - 8:15s for the first 8 miles, after which I was on my own. Predictably, I sped up, unintentionally, to 7:30s for the next 4 miles. Then I did 7:20 and ended with a 7:15, feeling good the whole way. I like ending fast, even for easy runs. It was a good run to close out 2009 with.
Speaking of... here are some 2009 stats:
- Total miles: 1862.7 (9 days and 21 hours of running)
- Highest monthly mileage: August (231.2)
- Highest weekly mileage: Week of Sept 21 (64)
- Total races: 18 (4 of them trail races, 2 marathons)
- Best race: TIE! I'm awfully proud of 2 races: Grand Rapids Marathon at 3:12:58 and Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo 5K at 19:37 (I won this race!)
- Pairs of shoes purchased: 5 (1 pair of trail shoes)
- Running friends made: too many to count - both online and off!! :-)
Here's to a great 2009 and wishing everyone an even better 2010!! Happy Running!!