Today was likely the last tune-up before the Route 66 races in Tulsa this weekend. With the unseasonably warm weather (about 70° today, and close to 80° tomorrow), I’m pretty sure that anything I do is gonna feel weird when I get to Tulsa, and take on races where the temps will be closer to 30° when I start.
This was also the last of the Star Trek anniversary medals I had squirreled away. Much like the Back to the Future anniversary last year, I hung quite a few Trek anniversary baubles from my medal shelf. I’ve thought a couple of times about taking ’em all down — and that’s a HUGE effort — and grouping like medals together. Maybe some day!
It was a glorious day, with loads of sunshine, and several other folks out enjoying the midday break. I changed my route a little, and took the path down Wren Trail. It’s been a little bit since I’ve been on that stretch of pavement, and I’d forgotten how nice it was. At midday, there’s plenty of shade to keep you out of the sun, but still enjoy the breezes. It was really a cleansing, refreshing time spent out in nature.
I’ve been gathering up all my goodies for the races this weekend, and as I write this, it dawned on me to see how many events I’ve done between last year’s half marathon, and this year’s. And that number? Seventy-four. Seventy-four times over the last twelve months, I’ve laced up my shoes, gotten my stuff together, and headed out the door to put miles behind me, generally to the benefit of some group or another.
That may be a pretty normal cadence for more avid runners than me. For a kid that never put the word “run” in his vocabulary until he was 48, I’m thrilled that I can still do this, and that I’ve stayed interested enough to keep picking ’em up and putting ’em down, all in the name of good causes.
This event benefitted Team Mill Hollow.