I had the pleasure of brining in the New Year this morning with The Houston Striders's at the annual Resolution Run. The turnout was great, so great that we had to rearrange cars to get everybody into the Hwy 6 @ Patterson Parking lot. Good problem to have but beginning to be a common theme with our get togethers (anyone remember the Christmas Party?). Hey, it's just that much more food, fun, and frivolity, right?
The run was very civilized. I did 5.8 miles at an average 13:30 pace. The option to do more was available but as soon as I saw folks on their way back, I turned right around to get back to the party. It was a perfect morning. I think there was a mistake. We should have had the marathon today. I can only hope for weather like this on the BIG DAY!!!
I got to run in the last mile or so with Pony as she's still taking it easy from some tightness still lingering from the 30K. She sure seemed to be feeling better which is a blessing.
Back at the parking lot, we had a great time. Bessie and her bling. David and his "old" jokes. Matt and his drinking while you're running lessons, June and Pony and the bean dip, lotsa laughing and smiles and hugs. It was just the best.
A few of us who were present were recognized with the Striders Iron Head award, a take on HARRA's Iron Foot award. Recipients of the award were recognized for participating in all 5 of the Strider Warmup Series events. I received a way cool gym bag which I really needed. I have a larger bag but the medium sized bag will really come in handy.
Now, really, no more hard running, good nutrition, and lotsa water are the orders for the next 13 days. I'll do a couple of short runs on Wednesday and Thursday, an 8 miler on Saturday, then 2 or 3 a couple days next week and then to the starting line. I'm starting to think I'll make it, to the starting line that is. After that, I'm flying blind. Anything could happen. What a ride this has been!