Friday night, I met up with a friend for dinner and dancing. We actually made it home by 11, but were up until 2 playing music and chatting. That meant that I didn't get out of bed until 10:30 on Saturday. I went for a three mile walk to the plaza where I found my favorite people.
This weekend was the North Country Fair, which happens every year to celebrate the solstice. It is super Northern California. Lots of tye dye and organic hemp clothing vendors. There is also something called The Samba Parade on Saturday and The All Species Parade on Sunday.
I made it to The Samba Parade, which is exactly as it sounds. Lots of drums and people dancing. Fun fact: when I was growing up, women would dance topless, so I just remember this as the naked parade. This has since been outlawed.
The sun was out and Little Z decided it would be fun to sit and play in the grass.
We finally left around 3:00 after soaking up enough sun. I met up with my running friend and we did push ups and pull ups in the park before he headed off on his long run. I followed him on a bicycle. We chatted for the entire hour and 42 minutes. But, he's fast, so this was my view for a lot of the run.
Long runs are much more pleasant when you aren't actually running them. ;-) I also saw this.
Oh. And this. I mean, running and biking around here is pretty awful.
I won't lie, I was a bit jealous of his run. I was taking two full days off because of my Achilles, so I wasn't prepared to run at all. I actually borrowed a pair of shorts from him so that I didn't have to ride in my jeans. I have ridden a bike more in the past two weeks than I have in my entire life, I think. I'm not upset about this. After he showered off, we got back on the bikes and pedaled into town for dinner. Then we stopped by a gas station to pick up some adult beverages to bring to a friend's house. I broke some rules.
Today, I slept in again. It was two glorious days of sleeping in. I felt well-rested and ready to tackle MY long run. Today's run was one where I felt on top of the world. It may have been the two days I took off. I usually only take one day off, but my mileage was extra high this week and I didn't want to push anything. I made it an hour before having to stop back home to switch laundry and take a swig of water.
Then I went back out for another 30 minutes to make it an even 12. I had run 10.5 on Thursday night with my running friend, so I was scared as to how this run would feel. I couldn't believe how easy it felt. I even snapped a sweaty selfie.
Let's hope this week flies by! I am looking forward to pay day next week!