My husband is signed up for a half-marathon coming up in two weeks, so today he wanted to do a long run together. In an effort to change up our routine, we did a completely new route. We left from our house and ran up a hill and onto a country/dirt road that hovers above the valley, making for a really tough first few miles, but unbeatable views from the summit. I mapped it out in advance - a total of 11 miles, with a 2100' change in elevation, going up the first several miles, then winding back down. It was amazing.
I was a little bit worried going into this run today. I have been having a hard time the past few days, dealing with a (hormone induced) headache that won't go away and attempting to cut caffeine (i.e. Diet Coke) from my diet, not to mention the fact that I'd already done two (longish) runs this week. Funny thing, though...this was the most fun and the best I've felt physically on a run in long time! We had a great time, enjoying the gorgeous weather. Oh, and we had planted water bottles along the route before hand - very smart! ;)