After that mile, I started to feel a little tightness in my right calf. I slowed a little, but did the 2nd mile in about 9. The trail seemed extra rocky today or my calf was just responding to it a lot. Either way, it just felt tight in that annoying way that wouldn't let up. I felt bad for slowing Runnerbro down, so I tried to power through. I made it through 3.43 miles before I begged to turn back. RunnerBro suggested I stretch it a little, so I did. It seemed to help some. We were on pavement at this point and I felt okay on pavement.
Once we hit gravel again, it was a whole other ball game. I was walking a decent amount now. I begged RunnerBro to go ahead and he would for a bit, then stop and wait for me. He definitely waited after seeing two guys in full-on army attire that were carrying either real or fake guns. Creepy, no?
I was hovering in 10:00-10:30 minute miles at this point, but I didn't really care. I just said, "finish". We opted to do a full 7, but running back to the car, and I ended up doing it in 1:10 or 10:00 minute miles. Funny how yesterday 7:30 miles felt fine and today 10:00 miles felt sooo tough. I felt bad for holding back RunnerBro so much, but he was a good sport and at the end of the day, 7 miles is 7 miles, no matter how fast or slow you go.
We took a quick pic where I look like a crazy person: and hello to my double chin, ew.
fun fact: we unintentionally matched in orange and blue today, we're real cool.
When I got home, I foam rolled, stretched some more, and iced it. It feels okay right now, but I guess the true test will come tomorrow when I attempt to run again. Initially I worried, "is this an indicator for hood to coast?" But no, it isn't. I'll be fine for HTC. It was an off day with a calf that was being difficult. It doesn't feel like an injury, just maybe a muscle that cramped up a little or needs some massaging. I'll be fine. No boo hooing or worrying needed.
After my run I was famished, so I made waffles for Ry and I. I topped mine with syrup and fruit, yum!
Once I was sufficiently stuffed, I did important things like nap and catch up my celebrity gossip a la the latest US weekly (priorities, I tell you).
Later in the afternoon we went to Dick's with Runnerbro, RunnerSis, and Runnerbaby. Runnerbaby was a little ham and wanted to try out everything: no one gave her the memo that she's too little for this bike.