For the first time in weeks, we had the whole running crew together. James was squeezing in a run between his pilot training lessons and I am all for that! (Read: once he gets his pilot's license, we can just fly to every ultra race and nothing will be "too far" any more;-) Mike made an appearance as he seems to have finally recovered from a persistent bug, only to be limping a little from playing too much soccer the night before. And even Richard seems to be getting back to his old self, charging the trails right from the start this morning, only to be wheezing 2 miles into the run (obviously remnants from the cold/flu/bronchitis he's been fighting. And of course, I was there, limping only slightly after having completed my first complete week of cross training (Muscleworks and Pilates, followed by Yoga this weekend) at the local university gym.
We kept it short and sweet, 3.5 miles at a slow pace, running a short combination of the South Loop, Familiy Bike Trail and Powercuts atop Monte Sano State Park. The weather was perfect with temps in the high 40s or low 50s. I tried out the "new" Drymax trail running socks and they felt like a dream. I'm sure I'll need to put them to much more rigorous testing, but my first impression was good. There are rather thick socks and I am not sure if they will be appropriate for the summer, but I do like the concept. I am going to switch back and forth between my old tried and true Injinji socks and various other socks that have been recommended in connection with bilster prevention. Eventually, I hope to find a couple of options that I can rely on.