A Walk in the Park

Philly Achilles Family

Philly Achilles Family

The Achilles Family Saturday Workout had a big showing. Finally, the weather was much more pleasant than the past several weeks. After we took our group photo, we set to hit Kelly Drive toward Falls Bridge. Team Mark consisted of Ali, Claire, David, and Tyrrell! David, who hasn’t guided me in weeks, was back in action. He guided me for several miles along with saying some pretty corny jokes. AtĀ about the 3rd mile, David unleashed me to Ali and heĀ headed off in the opposite direction with Team Matt.

Before we hit Fals Bridge, the four of us stopped for a quick drink/Gu break. Afterwards, Tyrrell took over guiding me. We were moving at a good pace of about 10:10 per mile thus far. We crossed the bridge and onto MLK. Here we go again – I took the bungy cord and took off following the double, yellow lines. I picked up the pace. However, my legs were feeling heavy and tired. I realized that running the previous day at a fast pace might not have been the best thing but I didn’t care. I pressed on with Claire while Tyrrell and Ali were behing us. At one point, we say Patricia wheeling towards us. Man, she is FAST! Also, we saw another Achilles runner, Bruce, with his guide Dave. Around the 8th mile, Claire and I stopped to walk to give my legs a break. I know from here on out, I won’t run the day before my long run. Didn’t I say that in one of my previous posts? LOL.

Claire, Ali, Mark, Tyrrell

Claire, Ali, Mark, Tyrrell

We pressed on before returning to Kelly Drive. I gave Tyrrell my bungy cord and we were heading back to CIGNA. When we got to the top of the ramp, a nice gentleman took a group photo of us. We moved on and are less than a mile to go. When I run on sidewalks, I slow down big time.I wish I could go faster but the idea of spraining my ankle scares me, especially after training for so long. We finally made it to CIGNA! 12 miles as Ali put it “is a walk in the park.” Great job Team Mark!!!

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