What a morning! I was really hoping that I'd get to Lehi and everyone would call it off so I could go home and sleep. But, as soon as I got out of the car and felt the energy of all my friends I was ready to go...snow, hail, slush and all :) We started out and going north had its nasty times: big hills and horizontal snow giving us the much needed 'microdermabrasion' treatment again. The miles were slow, but enjoyable I met and ran most of the first few with Luzy and I had a GREAT time. Smooth caught up to us (didn't realize we were that far ahead) about 2.5 miles and then the miles went even quicker. Saw a few other groups on the trail, and its always nice to know that your not the only crazy runners out there! Stopped for a few minutes to learn some new stretches and potty at 5 miles then headed back to the cars. Running south finally turned pleasant, I think more than once I commented about how happy and comfortable I was!! At the cars we got a drink then headed another 3.5 south. Again it was just great company and miles flying by, but the temp was going up so the snow was turning into slush so I ended up with wet pruny feet. No problems or anything eventful until mile 16 when my left IT bit me! Took 20 seconds to stretch it out then never heard from it again....even now its fine, YEA!! When we got back to the car and I noticed the time on the garmin I was really suprised at the AP - 9:37. I was definately comfortable, but its a little slower than I usually do; however, after missing 4 weekends of long runs I was just happy to get the 17 in! PLUS can you really put a pace on feeling good and having GREAT company the ENTIRE run??? Nope, I'm just loving it all! I did have a GREAT negative split though. I was over a 10 mm (for a few miles) into the snow and up hills, then fell to just over a 9 mm for 6 or so, then dropped to high 8's for the last 2 - got to give myself credit for that.
I had a wonderful time meeting Leslie, Tarzan, Luzy and seeing Smooth and Marion again. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU LADIES!!! I wouldn't have even thought about running today if it wasn't for you all. We need to do this again soon!! I had to take off afterward, because I was late to get home to start work/babysitting so I left muffins and juice and sped home to get to 'work' - I hope you all enjoyed the muffins, I sure did! Ate more than I should have, as usual :)