A quick update. Don't know what's come over me recently. Work, running, doing errands, going out with friends - these are some of the things that have precluded me from blogging the past couple of weeks. And the more I put it off, the guiltier I felt, and resolved to write a wonderful, chatty and informative post when I finally took the time to log on. Which sapped my energy just thinking of it.
Anyway. I ran a local 15K (9.3 miles) the Saturday before last. There were only about 40 runners, mostly guys. It was a clear, freezing cold (38 degrees) and windy morning. I ran the somewhat-hilly course with my friend, A. At mile 3, I started running faster and passed her. Then I felt bad and waited for her at the turn-around. I had to stop anyway to whip off my hat, gloves and fleece pull-over b/c I was starting to overheat.
Bad mistake. After almost 15 seconds of jogging in place and still no sign of A., I got cold. Then I saw a handful of runners that I'd passed earlier breeze by, including one chubby, wheezing fellow with a look of smug self-satisfaction on his tomato-red face. So after another 15 seconds, I started running again, and even sped up towards the end. But I never caught those runners.
I finished the race in 1:23:57. My friend came in 30 seconds later.
In other news: I'm flying to Montana tomorrow for business. Gotta bundle up - the midwest and Plains got hit by a spring storm that's dumped 18 inches in Cleveland ....