I'd been planning a trip out to Seattle for a little while, primarily hoping to visit the University of Washington Medical Center -- where I'd received my treatment twenty years ago. I knew I'd need to get in a long run while I was there, so I reached out to a friend from high school, Gerbielyn, who has been actively involved with Team in Training for the past five or six years.
She invited me to the team run along the Burke-Gilman Trail, originating from Matthews Beach on Lake Washington. One of my teammates from Minneapolis, Stephanie, was also visiting family on the same weekend, and had planned to join the long run as well. Unfortunately, she's nursing an injury, and didn't do the run. Still -- was able to meet her aunt and uncle, who are also both involved with TNT. Small world.
Weather was just about perfect. Sunny, warm, clear. Even a little brisk at the beginning, compared to what we've had in Minneapolis. I was able to spend much of the time running with one of the coaches, Jim, who ran the entire time wearing a grass skirt (to celebrate that this was the longest run for the team getting ready for the Kauai Marathon). Also ran with Lyell, also running Kauai, who has completed nearly sixty marathons! Finally finished up the run with Paul, an eight-year ALL survivor.
We all walked into Lake Washington at the end of the run. Had some treats, too. In all, a really fun time. So glad I could participate.