Twice a year I meet up with old friends from my Uni days and Saturday evening was our 'Christmas' get together. Many ales were enjoyed and by the time I got home I really wasn't looking forward to a long run on Sunday.
I woke up at 8:30 and was surprised to feel not too bad. Not great but better than I expected. After a couple of sausage and bacon rolls and a cup of coffee I was feeling even better.
Mandy came back from her BodyPump class at the gym and suggested we go out for some fresh air after lunch. She got me out the door in my kit and we took on a 13 mile route along the cycle paths near our flat. Mandy went out on her bike and I ran next to her.
It was a really nice way to spend the afternoon. I could still feel the effects of the beer though. My legs felt heavy and I knew I wasn't firing on all cylinders but we got it done.
It was great having company. Just chatting about everything and nothing and when the paths got a bit busier, Mandy would cycle in front, ring her bell and clear a path for us. It felt like I had my own lead bike for the entire run.
There were a couple of times I was planning on stopping to get some photos but Mandy kept me running. She reminded me that a long run is meant to be continuous, not starting and stopping for photos, so I ended up taking a photo on the run - Mandy even managed to photobomb it in style!
It was a surprisingly warm run. I went out in my shorts, ashmei jersey and gilet combo and a couple of times I considering taking the gilet off and giving it to Mandy, but then the wind would pick up and I was grateful for the wind protection from it.
This morning's run into work was slow. A heavy rucksack, a tough headwind and tired legs didn't help. I'm hoping that the run home will be a bit easier.