Today we started out from Elgin with perfect weather in th low 30’s. It stayed perfect all day long with a beautiful clear sky. We ran mostly on country roads with hardly any traffic at all. We kept a good even pace through mile 20 when Pat finished for the day.
We had lots of fun along the way, stopping for pictures at random landmarks. Especially fun was the Little Free Library in McDade.
From there it was another 14 miles or so to Giddings, so I kept things at an 8-8:30 minute pace for the remainder. That is, until we hit the end of the road, and 290 as our only option. With no shoulder on the highway, that plan was scrapped.
We moved to our backup plan of running on the abandoned railroad track, so that’s what I did. Needless to say, it slowed things down a bit running on the railroad ties and rocks the size of baseballs. In the end, it all worked out and I got to town 30 minutes early, so I went out and did a couple more miles, made painful because my legs had already cooled down.
All in all, it was a great day. My prayers today during the run focused on the families in our communities living in extreme poverty. I pray that we can find new ways to help families lift themselves up and be empowered to become self-sufficient.
Here are some photos from the day.