trail running 1:45:10 
shoes: Asics trail
So Donna called yesterday to say the Tuesday group run was being postponed to Wednesday because of the oppressive heat/humidity, and she hoped I was coming because they were ready to try a new route and she hoped I could come up with something. That suited me fine, since Tuesday hadn't worked anyway (dinner out to celebrate our 35th anniversary). I dreamed up what I thought would be a nice loop, over to Bull Hill and maybe even a side trip to the caves.
But when I showed up and raised the subject of where we were going, Cristy and a guy I hadn't met (Dan) said they wanted to do hills, meaning the standard route, since they are training for Mt. Washington. So that's what we did. Bleh....
So I was in a bit of a funk. And then after about 30 minutes Dave tripped and crashed, banged up a knee, hard to tell how bad but it didn't seem awful. He said he'd head back, fine by me, but Cristy seemed unhappy with the thought of Dave going by himself. While we were discussing what to do, Dave had already headed back, walking. And we were dithering, and then I said, I'll go with him, and I just took off. And quite happy not to be doing the planned loop, and in a way quite happy to be on my own.
The idea was not to keep Dave company, but just to make sure he got back ok. So I played "dog," ran around a bunch without ever getting too far away from him. And after a bit he started running and was doing pretty well, and we got back just fine. And then I headed back out the loop the reverse way to meet the others and finished up with them.
Turned out to be a much more pleasant way of doing it, for me at least, though maybe not for Dave, or Cristy, who crashed a few minutes after I left them and bashed his ribs, or Donna, who went sprawling just before the end. But for me, no falls! And a good workout on a very warm evening.