I love to run and have done a good handful of half marathons. But, I have always been terrible at fitting long runs into my training. Before my best half the longest run I had gotten in 10ish miles.
Fast forward two years and add a friendship forged by beer and minor league baseball to today. My buddy Rachel needed a long run partner so she could practice pacing for her brother's 100K race coming up. I had never really run with someone before where we maintained the same pace and talked and such.
To my surprise - I had fun!
This solo runner who tunes out with music found 128 minutes flying by thanks to chatting, laughter, and vacation planning. Next time, which looks like it might be next weekend, I'll be sure to get a pic of us at the highest point of our course.