Sunday, September 14, 2008
Putting in Miles
Running the marathon requires putting in some long miles, getting out there on Sunday mornings when your impulse is to stay in bed, sleep a little longer, and hope that rest is a bigger factor in your finishing times than the long run. But it's the long run that tells the tale. So, this morning I climbed out early and punched in 2 hours and 46 minutes. Enough to get me back to my lovely daughter's house, where I spent the last two nights enjoying the company of her and her man. And the birthday boy, who's got a busy social and work life that seems to keep him occupied much of the time. But the daughter and I (and her friend) ran the Blubber Run on Saturday morning. It's a fun "race" where the winners have the best costumes, not the fastest legs. You can look here for the photos from race day, taken by her man (perhaps I could call him Herman for short), but the photos can't tell the whole story. Yes, it was a drizzly morning, but that made it good running weather, and it didn't deter Willie Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas, the bunches of grapes, the can of spam, the carrot and rabbit team, Mr. Peanut, or the hundreds of other who happily duded up and put in 5K for a t-shirt and the right to some James Page beer. The race champion was a flyswatter and the pair of flies he chased through the race. Herman says I was the 33rd finisher. Cool! Next time maybe a costume should be requisite.
Posted by John Nelson at 9:03 PM