i didn't set an alarm last night. i figured i'd run with the gorun group at 6:30 if i woke up on time. if not, i'd get a few hours of extra sleep and run on my own later. i woke up at 5:00, so i made the group run.
the parking lot at health strategies was empty when i got there, but a few seconds later winston pulled in followed quickly by patrick. a minute or so later, kevin showed up and then lacy and a few others. the group was probably 10 to 12 strong when we left. i didn't count.
the wind was insane, but didn't bother us much in among the houses. here and there we felt its nasty, biting teeth, but it wasn't as bad as i thought it might be.
i kept up with the group for the first few miles, then dropped back a bit. my plan was to keep them in sight so i wouldn't get lost and i pretty much succeeded at that. when they turned around, i did the same. they caught up with me and ran on by, but i somehow hung on long enough to get back to familiar territory.
i ran the route religiously until i hit central, then left it to take the shortest route back to the parking lot. it didn't cut off much. when the rest of the crew ran into the lot, i heard them say they'd run 11 miles. my shortcuts took off a half mile or so.
after stretching a bit and talking, i loaded myself up and headed back to the in-law's.