It's so nice getting back to the trails. Kurt, Jim, Don, Brett, Julie, Debi, and I all met at Boston Store at 7:30. It was pretty chilly, but I was armed with my ungodly expensive new Polartec wind-resistant gloves and a new pair of thermal capris, which I think are obscene now that I've run in them. I might as well have painted my legs black down to the upper calves, with how these things looked. Anyway, they were warm. Let's hope my gloves are resistant to getting lost regarding my great knack for misplacing winter things. Julie was so happy and ready to hit the trails. Brett had already been running the Towpath to get ready for a redemption run marathon in Virginia. Debi had half a notion to cancel since her allergies have been killing her, but she pulled in the lot last minute.
October has to be my favorite month for running. I didn't get to run at all last October since the Road Runner really worked over my I-T band. Somehow, my I-T band weathered the storm just fine this year. I wore my iPod, but I think I listened to all of three songs the entire time we were out. I had fun chit-chatting with Don, Brett, and Debi. I never saw Jim and Julie because they were today's trail-blazers. They were minuscule specks in the distance, if they could be seen at all, catching up to them only at the turnarounds where they waited for the slow-pokes. It was perfect on the trails today; a thin spattering of leaves on the trail, but it was still easy to navigate the trail-tripping roots. Jim said he took a spill on the way out to Pine Lane, but I think the rest of the group remained upright.
Not too much to say about our 8 mile trail out and back to Pine Lane except that it was beautiful and very enjoyable. We took the group picture back at Boston, then Julie and Brett parted ways. Brett, by the way, reminded me of Spider Man in his post run get up. Julie was all smiles. She really loves to run with us--or some of us--cause this girl is FAST. The rest of us wanted to go longer, it was such a great day to run, so we did the Brandywine Loop. Our legs started feeling it on this one. It's been slow transitioning back to the trails from all those weeks of road running. Running trails gets me in the hips; I feel as though my legs are going to detach. The hikers were out in droves today, but they're always polite and good about giving us a little room on the trail to pass. I think we did about 13 miles in all which blew out most of the morning, but what a morning!
When I got home I found 4 voice mail messages from Julie. I guess my phone was giving her trouble, but she went on and on about how nice it was to run with us. I'm glad she's running with us, but I think she's going to branch off with really fast girls at some distant point in the future. She admits to ultra-competitiveness, appeared to be apologizing for it, but I think that's non-sense. She's very talented and I only hope I don't slow her down too much in the interim. Look at her in the post Pine Lane picture, taken courtesy of the roof hood of some very nice Volvo. YIKES! I guess I should use one of the groups' cars, or at least not a vehicle with freakin mini-windshield wipers on the head-lights.