Today, my journey started! But it got off to a late start.
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Since I have been traveling all 6 out of 7 days a week for the last month, I had a lot to get done before I could leave, and my flight was 2 hours late getting in on Wednesday night. A few things I couldn’t skip, like having my car checked and readied for the trip. I have AAA, but would prefer not to have to use it. I had to keep running stuff down to the garbage area, and packing my tiny car is like putting together a 1 million piece puzzle.
I decided to do my last mile in Alabama at the place I first ran outside when I moved there in January, and to my surprise, killed my mile PR by more than a minute. And made some new friends.
Oh, and I had to make a quick, but important stop:
The lovely guy at Fleet Feet Birmingham even gave me a good tip for a place to run tomorrow, which is perfect because its a training day, so I need to get in TN and VA, and a full 5 mile run in one of those.
After 7 hours of packing my stuff and my car, I drove off into the sun. No, not sunset, it was a little after 3 in the afternoon.
After a few hours, I hit Georgia, and since I’d only be in it for about 20 minutes, needed to find a place to run quickly. I pulled off on a random exit, and stopped to change my shirt and get my headphones out. After 20 minutes of searching, they we in the last place I checked, because I’d put them there this morning thinking: “oh perfect, they’ll be right there to just grab and go”. Fail.
I got in a really hot, sweaty mile right after a torrential downpour. There was steam coming off the pavement. It was gross.
And then I had my first really weird sighting of the trip. All of a sudden this thing flies over the road ahead of me. As I got closer I decided it was really cool!
I’m finally snuggled into my hotel bed for the night, and am ready to sleep soundly.
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