In the end, I like to think that the pole and I had maybe become friends. Feeling at peace, we carried on down the sidewalk and off for our 19km. We followed a route that I had never run before, going way off to the west. My friend and I laughed about how disoriented we felt running in new territory and how we both had no feeling whatsoever for how far we had run. We both agreed that the 19km felt longer than it should have.
It was a very chilly run too but we took the pace easy and had a nice run. I was thankful that my tight hips from Saturday didn't bother me and neither did any of my post concussion worries either. Phew! I guess I'm feeling more positive now about jumping back into my training and carrying on.
I was so relieved to have had a second good run and couldn't help smiling as we headed over to Tim Horton's for some chocolate milk and a post-run treat. I'm really enjoying the post-run visits our group usually has after our Sunday runs. Even the faster runners who finish quite aways ahead of the rest of us hang around and wait for us to have coffee. It's so nice to meet up again and chat about the route and also discuss our travel plans and ideas for making the Florida trip as fun as possible. We're all getting pretty excited that we're past the halfway mark and Goofy is just around the corner!
So all in all, it was a great weekend of running for me. I completed both of the long runs I had planned and felt fine throughout both. I think I can finally put the whole concussion thing behind me and concentrate on getting ready for Goofy. I also made peace with the pole but I'll still be watching it very carefully every time I run down that stretch of sidewalk, you know, just to make sure it doesn't jump out at me again for an encore performance!