Better weather arrived on Thursday and I was thrilled to get back on the road - my loop. I started jogging and one mile into it, I glanced at the pace - 9:06! I really felt that I had been going so slow, but this was one of my fastest starts. Weird. I felt good, so I tried to keep that pace and finished with 9:21 per mile for 6.44 miles. Score! I did my normal weight circuit on Friday and was able to lift normally. My incision site has healed and despite having a tight feeling there, I completed the workout. It feels better every day.
Today, I was babysitting my "niece," Skylar - my friend's adorable daughter - and I had my 8 mile run. I decided it was safer (for both of us) to go to Flatwoods. I studied the map after I got lost the last time, and we found our way with no problems today. It was a little tougher pushing a ~20 lb. baby in a ~30 lb. stroller...more of a workout than expected! I should invent something to attach to my waist and the stroller so both arms are free to move (as opposed to one of them holding onto the stroller). I was able to keep my endurance run pace - 10:00 per mile. We saw a lot of vultures and two bucks - DEER! Skylar pointed all the animals out to me. We had a nice lunch at Panera afterward.
I'm looking forward to a full week next week - including the Gasparilla Half Marathon.