So I fought stupid I-40 traffic and made my way to Umstead leaving at 4:50pm. On the ticket was a long, moderate run, which I started from the Crabtree Lake side. Cruising down one of the big hills I see this guy flying up it at least as fast as I was running down. Dude was moving. Around the corner comes a long-legged blond girl going equally fast and she looks focused. Wait a second…she looks familiar. OH my GOSH!! That’s 3000m American Record holder Shalane Flanagan. Cool! That is so awesome.
Even better news is that my run had a creaky start but I started rolling pretty well after about a 1/2 mile or so. The last couple miles, I got a little stiff, but I kept my pace “moderate”. After the 14.8 miles, I ended up running only a little slower but MUCH easier than my last run about that distance when I started off with Alisha. Excellent. Fitness is coming along well!