So at 7 AM at the North Little Rock side of the River Trail, I had the chance to meet trucker extraordinaire Gabrielle from Searcy, Arkansas. Like most runners, we clicked instantly! I warned her previously that doing 11 miles with me would be the slowest experience of her life. She kindly said that was quite alright, since she has been having hamstring issues. So off we went!
Yackety, yackety, yack -- that was us. The next thing I knew we were at the Big Dam Bridge. Walking up it is quite a bit easier than running or cycling up it, I assure you. Ha! We walked the entire time out there. Since I am pregnant, I have a cyclical pattern of walk, potty break, eat. Gabrielle was a trooper about it!
The next thing I knew we were almost done. Whoa! Gosh it is good to go with a partner! I forgot to turn my Garmin back on after an eating break, so I can report per Gabrielle's Garmin that we went 11.77 miles (extra mileage!) in 3:33:57. Hooray!
Here we are afterwards. Gabrielle has some VERY enviable gams (that means legs, by the way).
Once I made it back to the hotel and got showered, we hit the road for home. I slept about the last hundred miles. I was worn out! I am definitely looking forward to cutting back my mileage after the Worldwide Half Marathon.
On Friday we knew that our friends Scott and Lisa were in the delivery room. I received a photo of Baby Ryder on my phone on Saturday. I never dreamed they'd all be home today already, especially since Lisa had a C-section. We were on our way to their house to pick up Maggie the dog (remember her?) to give them a bit of 'relief' for the first days of parenthood when Chasen called just to check in. And they were home! So guess who I got to hold...
Over-ecstatic Susan with handsome little Ryder -- all 8 pounds 6 ounces of him!
Maggie-dog will have to do for now...