i started 2017 the same way I ended 2016 – with a double digit run. and a lingering chest cold. at this point I need a new years rationalization ( instead of a resolution ) for the crazy. taking suggestions for an ultramarathon.
on my morning run along route 1 between whiting and lubec and while it’s a beautiful run, route 1 is busy this time of year and cars are always passing at 60-70mph which freaks me out on 2 lane roads especially when coming from behind. there must be some sort of headband rear view mirror running doohickey that can allow you to easily see if someone is passing a car coming up behind you? ( later: there is! )
no, i don’t run on the centerline, i liked the perspective and It took 5 minutes of standing around to get a chance to take this with no cars coming in either direction
went for an early run trying to beat what dark sky described as “light rain”. about 2 miles out it turned to heavy rain which is manageable but as i started to get nervous as the thunder started to get more rumbly and i noted i was one of the taller objects around while running along a road with soy fields on both sides.
i turned around to head home and soon after a police cruise passed me and went around a bend and about 20 seconds later a lighting bolt hit in a nearby stand of trees and was so loud and so startling that i almost tripped in the street and let out an involuntary stream of expletives.
i thought about asking a homeowner if i could hang out on their porch for a bit while the storm passed and while i was mulling it over, the cruiser rolls up and the officer rolls down his window and says, “hey, you want a ride home? it’s getting ugly out here.”
thanks viroqua pd! i never did catch the officer’s name but i sure appreciated the ride.
i got 7 more rainy miles in after police ride home and storm died down. I *think* I can get a few more in before the yellow blob gets me! #shouldistayorshouldigonow
later: got back just as the booming started again!
on pace for a 3:40 marathon which is fast for me and my 6 foot 4 inch frame. coincidence or not that i’m getting faster with age and i’m refueling with fuel? i think not! ( yes i’m “always on” as the fuel brand manager )
and no, i still haven’t signed up for anything but i seem to be in the “run at least a half marathon once a week” stage of whatever it is that i’m training for.