I met Dennis and Gunhild at 8 am and we decided to run the Hangman Valley loop, a 13.3 mile loop on the roads with many very long hills and a couple of steep ones. I still have a viral cold that's been hanging on for over 2 weeks now, so I wanted to sleep this morning. However, I wanted more to run with friends for a change. I've missed the laughs that accompany our runs with Dennis.
It was 26 degrees F at the start of our run and 28 degrees when we finished 2 hours and 13 minutes later. 83% relative humidity and 5 mph winds. We ran 13.34 miles with 2,564 feet of total elevation change. I know all these details only because Gunhild is the master of GPS data. She even sent me this awesome map and details of the run!
I was a little slow on the uphills but I was able to hang on the flats and downhills. It was the first day in many where the sun came out. It was very bright and the snow glistened in the rays. It felt like a heat wave. The views of the palouse were outstanding.
The last mile my right hip flexor started to tweak so I slowed the pace, shortened my stride, and walked a bit. I had a massage later in the afternoon and by that time, I had no more hip flexor pain. I will be cautious tomorrow. I will run alone so that I can run to the beat of my own drummer this time.
What a fabulous run we had.
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