On Saturday we did the Lake Natoma Loop - 11-12 miles around the lake in Folsom. It is a run/walk that I dread every year because the first time I did it, things went bad and the other two times I did it it was so hot and coming back there is not much shade and almost everyone has heat issues due to the length of the run and the lack of shade coming back. Well that was not the case this time! The weather was forecasted to only hit a high in the 70's and it started out kinda cold and windy (espcially once we got right on the lake) - We ended up merging several groups since all the groups were small so I got to walk with my hubby!! We decided to let MJ lead which allows me to not worry so much about pace and I can wander within the group and chit chat with the members. MJ did an awesome job leading (I could get used to this!) and I had such a great time wandering, walking and talking to everyone! I even wandered with a couple of the running groups that are around the same speed as we are for a bit - it was so nice to talk with everyone! The weather was perfect and I finished 12 miles feeling strong and kinda pumped up! I took this pic on the return side of Lake natoma - at this point we are more than halfway around - my guess is we had about 4 miles to go. Lake to the left, Hubby is in the white shirt with the camelbak (right by the garbage can..) and MJ is to his left with the gray shirt and white cap. The group ahead of us is a running group - we had met up and the third aid station and all stopped to use the facilities.