The run was super fun, I brought along a friend who normally does my 3 miles in the morning with me. I told her she could definitely complete this since we were running 2 min/walking 1 min the entire time and going pretty slow. She felt great afterward and that was just icing on the cupcake :)
I don't know how it works but going for a run with someone in the morning just makes my mood so good for the rest of the day. We joked and laughed for an hour and a half and I swear I was giddy for at least 5 hours afterward. At one point I had to run back to the car to get some more water in my water bottles and we got there a little before our scheduled walk break so we decided to run circles around the parking lot until my gymboss timer told us to walk. Running circles then turned into us running in circles with our arms extended out to the sides making airplane noises and pretending we were fighter jets. Took me right back to first grade. Dont' get me wrong, I love running with music, I really do. But there's something about being a complete goof with a friend for an hour and a half that you can't replace with an ipod.
To all those "running buddies" out there (mine or anyone who is a running buddy to someone else), your role is so important, never underestimate the joy and inspiration you bring :D.
"Do not underestimate the intimacy of running, and the people with whom you share your miles." -Kristin Armstrong, Mile Markers blog, Runner's World.com