Yesterday my friend T and I ran 11 miles. It was a great run. We both felt good and the pace was a decent pace the whole way. The temperature was about 38 degrees and we both remarked several times that it felt pretty much perfect. The 11 mile run we do has some major hills and this time it had some unexpected dogs. As I took on the dogs with my yelling voice telling them to go home T laughed at my ease with the dogs yet my fear of snakes. (She is the one afraid of dogs and I was trying to head them home for her sake. I am careful about dogs but these guys were just making noise.) But there are no harmless snakes which is one of the many reasons I like winter in Vermont! I have to say I was tired the rest of the day which I wasn't sure if it was from late nights this past week or the run itself.
UVM beat Boston University to get into the Big Dance. Yahoo! My son was there watching it and I joked throughout the game that I could see and hear him. My husband gave me that look and mentioned the number of people in attendance and that this would not happen! Yet when he did appear on National TV both my husband and I missed him! We had various people call and text us to say they saw him rush the court after the win. Did we see this? No! But I have stolen a picture from my daughter's blog that he is in (in the yellow and green hat.)
So rain pounded on the roof all night. Then the electricity went off shortly before it was time to get up. Now I had thoughts not only of running in the rain, getting drenched, being cold but then coming home not able to take a shower or have hot coffee! When you live in the country and your water comes from a well, no electricity means no water!!!! I knew T would be coming soon and we would run but I must say I was dreading it. As she was driving up the driveway the electricity came on! One problem solved. I also must admit that it was not raining very hard, it was not very cold BUT it was incredibly windy! The sound of the wind roaring off the mountain, going along the river bed sounded like a freight train.
Today was my day to run a St. Paddy's Day Virtual 10K from Living in Luling. We took our usual 6 mile route and simply added .2. I am not good at being speedy in a non race situation. Overall I will say it went fine. The first 3 miles were a bit tricky as the wind was definitely doing it's best to defeat us and send us home. As we ran through the center of town we had the lovely sound of many many generators as people coped with the no electricity thing. So everyone's was not back on yet! Once we turned around and headed back there were times when we were on a downhill slope with the wind at our backs. Life was good! I tried to maintain a good pace but did pretty much lose it the last quarter mile on the hills leading back to my house. Before that the pace was in the 9s all the time. I would not have been happy with my time for a real 10K but I will take it today. Just the fact that we got out there in the miserable weather was worth quite a bit.
The orange electric company truck with the man with the chainsaw wayyy up in the trees is a welcome sight!
After I got home, stretched, took a shower and drank my coffee the electricity went out again. I looked out the window as I heard chain saws and there were some major branches down across the road. Thank you Electric Company for responding so quickly!
I will leave you with a picture that doesn't do justice to the beautiful rainbow that we saw this morning.