I knew it would be a challenging run because it was windy. Usually if I get out early enough the winds are a bit calmer, but not this day. I ran 8.5 miles in sustained 30 mph winds with 40-50 mph gusts! Normally I would have run on to even that up to 9 miles or even added enough to do 10, but I have to tell you, I could not wait for that run to be over. It was HARD. I never did find my stride which meant I "felt" every single mile. And the wind just made it impossible to get my breathing correct. I texted Shelley and told her WIND SUCKS. At least there was some pretty foliage and a crystal clear blue sky to ease the pain a bit.
This was about a mile from the end of my run, which was also my fastest mile. I could not wait to get back to my car and get out of the wind!
I got home and was pleasantly surprised to find Mr. Helen had made up our bed (which I had stripped in the morning), vacuumed the family room, and cleaned one of the bathrooms! I didn't assign him those chores, all I did was nicely say on Friday night, "I need some help around here. I don't want to spend my whole weekend cooking and cleaning." That left me only a few things which I accomplished while he went off to watch our nephew play in his last regular season soccer game.
Once I felt a bit rehydrated and had eaten, we took off for our foliage run. The foliage in our area still isn't anywhere near peak but we knew we could find some if we went a bit away from the coast. While I was really looking forward to this, I knew Mr. Helen was agreeing to do this to satisfy me, or what I like to call the Marital Sacrifice. However, I also knew that he would enjoy it once we got started, and if our first stop was B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill, where I could ply him with an apple turnover or cider donut! I was correct on all counts.
Here are some shots of our three hour tour. Unfortunately even though I used a better camera, we had some heavy clouds roll in so the colors don't come through as spectacular as they were in person or even as nice as that top shot that I took with my iPhone, but I hope you'll enjoy!