I believe they will survive and produce blossoms, but on Saturday and Sunday it was hard to feel encouraged about that!
On to other weekend news: the weather that did this to my lilacs is also the weather that I ran my first 1/2 marathon in on Saturday. Let me give you a few more details: 34 degrees was the high as far as I cold tell. The winds were out of the East at about 30 mph. We ran almost due East, so that means the wind was against us the ENTIRE way at a good clip. There were snow flurries about 75% of the time.
Basically the weather conditions were terrible.
Apparently J told Andy as they were driving over to see me finish: “Poor Momma, this will be the end of her running career.” He he he! The weather really was bad!
But I finished the 13.1 miles in 15 minutes less than I anticipated. I think I was close to last, but really, there weren’t that many people running – only diehards and me to prove a point. The others were all much more experienced than me. And I really did expect to be the last one across the finish line.
I need to give a big shout out to my friends Roberta, the Hawley family and the Wendell family because they all came and cheered me on – some of them even running with me for a few minutes at a time. It was wonderful to have all of them, and I appreciate them so much for that.
Andy took photos – got some good ones we thought, but it turned out – no card in the camera. The Hawley’s have some photos (Donna ran the race too, finishing about 20 minutes ahead of me).
Now I have an ugly grey shirt with a picture of a really old guy running on it to show for my efforts. And a sense of accomplishment.
But my comment about the whole thing would be: I like my training runs much better. I may or may not have already searched to see what upcoming Montana races look to be reasonable for me to train for. I think I might need a race that is on a decent weather day.
And, two days of rest later and I really can’t feel any sore muscles or joints at all – completely recovered, and if I can avoid a thunder-storm this evening, I might go for a bike ride to get this old body moving again – might.
There is more from the weekend, but time to close this post out and get back to work!