All smiles before the start of the Big Ol' Group Run.Wednesday: The Big Ol' Group Run! Yet another run that I had been excited about for several months, the Big Ol' Group Run was started as a way to get running groups from across the city together for a run, some beer, and mingling. For $5 you get a tie bib for the 3 or 6 mile run, one beer, and entry into what seemed liked an endless raffle of running prizes. I missed out on the inaugural run last year when it sold out before I could registered and this year I was determined to be apart of it. The run is held at Monday Night Brewing, a local brewery whose libations I thorough enjoy (and whose theme is tie related). I teamed up with Amy who you may remember from previous running adventures and we tackled the 3.25 miles through a side of the city I rarely run in. She was incredibly tolerant of my constant coughing during the first couple of miles (running has actually help me clear my lungs) and we kept the pace light so I could breath. I also finally ran into Frank (from Running for the second half of my life) while neither one of us was running and we could actually say hello! Overall, a great, low-key event to help me get back in the swing of things.
Actual: 3.25 miles
The entire group of over 400 runners.
The brewery slogan.Saturday: Joined up with one of my usual weekend group for 8 miles (bonus half mile running to the start of the route just around the corner). It was a nice hilly route and my longest run in weeks! One scary moment did happen for a few members of our group as they were very nearly hit by a drunk driver while crossing an intersection (yes, at 7am on a Saturday morning). The last member of their group was just coming through the intersection on the crosswalk when an SUV came up behind him, cut through the crosswalk, and hit the building in front of him (just to the right of where the crosswalk hit the curb). Everyone was ok (the building not so much) and they stayed around to call/wait for the police and make sure the driver was ok. I found the whole thing rather unsettling as I run this area frequently and I don't find it unsafe. I am constantly vigilant on my runs, but tracking a car from behind you is difficult. Just a friendly remind to stay safe out there and remember crazy things can happen when you least expect it.
I needed a little yoga after that one. Day 1 of the #RunnersloveyogaLegs challenge: Chair pose.The Jayhawk and I celebrated my return to the living with a visit to a very local brewery, Three Taverns. I've mentioned several of their beers before (the White Hops is a household favorite) and the brewery didn't disappoint. If you like Belgian style beers, I highly recommend it. We were even lucky enough to get a picnic table partially in the shade (it's the little things in the GA summer).
Actual: 8.5 miles
what happens to your body during a 100 mile effort. I've never run a hundred miler, though in all honesty, the idea has crossed my mind, and it's interesting to think of all the challenges it creates for your body.
How was your week? Do you like joining in on group runs?