Early this morning there was a thunder and lightening storm about 3am that woke me up briefly and it was great to hear the rain – it’s been over 5 weeks since we’ve had rain and I was hoping it might be a little less muggy for the start of the run. After a great breakfast at Karen’s, including bagels with home-made blackberry jam which I left with a jar of, we headed to the start with rain still falling, but it stopped as we started. The humidity was off the scale, in less than a mile after starting we were soaked with sweat – and it stayed like that all day.
We were met about mile 8 by a fellow ultra-runner Rich who is often writing on the Ultra-list (a US-based e-group that has been full of useful advice and not-so-useful chatter since I joined the group a year ago). He was cycling and joined us for the whole day – making the time pass well by chatting and providing new company for Mike and I. Also Debbie joined us on her bike a little later and was good company too. The 4 of us chatted all day and time passed easily. The worst section of the day came after turning off the trail (‘The Old Plank Road’) and hitting IL30. The good thing was we passed over the State boarder into Indiana (State 9 of 14!); the bad thing was the road had little shoulder and was a busy route passed strip-malls. I put on a strong finish to get through the nasty road section and finished well – also thanks to Rich and Debbie riding with us into the oncoming traffic to protect us!
Ooh and on the ‘baking’ theme – Karen had baked Zucchini bread (Courgette bread for the UK readers) with pineapple and fruit in – it was delicious and I came away with a big loaf. I hope to get the recipe and will be making it when I get home!