I started with a 5.0 mile run to Starbucks. (Different Starbucks than before.... This is the third Starbucks I've incorporated into my Saturday runs!) The run was pretty good. My energy wasn't fantastic, but it was enough, and I ended up with that 10:55 pace I seem to keep hitting. (Total time 54:35.)
I had plenty of time to cool down and to recover with a smoothie. Hubby and kids came to pick me up, and we all went downtown for a 4 mile charity walk/run benefiting Water For People. Hubby pushed the kids in the stroller. My pace varied widely, from walking, to running incredibly slowly while Chickie (4 years old) ran with me, to running by myself at a pace in my normal range. The 4 miles took a little over an hour. I probably ran about half of the course. I was so proud of Chickie; I bet she ran 2/3 to 3/4 mile (with just one break in the middle to go potty)! She may be in better shape than I was when I started running!
It is a beautiful day to be outside! I absolutely LOVE starting my weekend with a long run! I used to be so lazy on most Saturdays, and I'd get kind of down in the dumps, sitting in my house wasting time. I still like to be lazy for some of the weekend, but when I start with a run, my mood is so much better!