|"you, paparazzi. see this face?|
this is my cranky face."
and i hate being cold.
one might think these would be significant barriers to running trail races some 30 months in a row.
to be fair, not all those races were run in cold weather, but the getting up early part is a constant.
and yet at least once a month i roll out on a weekend morning, dress in the dark, gently kiss my snoozing wife, and shuffle toward the door ~ more or less ready to run.
my brain objects.
"you could be sleeping in, dope..."
"i could, but i'll regret it later if i don't go now."
"it's gonna be cold. you know it's gonna be cold."
"see the bag? the bag is full of layers. polypropylene layers, down layers, short sleeve layers, long sleeve layers, vest layers, hat layers. we've got layers for every possible contingency, including donner pass."
"remember the time it rained the entire race and you forgot a rain layer?"
it's become a thing, this streak i'm on. i didn't mean for it to become a thing, but it has. and so i have events lined up for the next four months (which, for those who keep track of such things, are the coldest months on most calendars in the northern hemisphere).
if i were smart, i would have scheduled events in warm-weather places for those months.
|"mile 12. i'm warm."|
(photos by takao suzuki.)
i've begun plotting an exit strategy.
the current plan is to get to 36 consecutive months, declare victory, and sleep in until july.
the tehaleh half marathon is a very civilized course winding through woods, greenbelts, and quiet residential lanes. there are sections of rocky single track that are challenging, and a few manageable climbs ~ but overall the course is fast and runnable.
despite this, i did manage to roll an ankle ~ twice ~
along the way. no permanent damage was noted, fun was had, and there was a nap in the afternoon.
as always, the folks at evergreen trail runs did an excellent job, putting on an event accessible by runners of every ability.
tehaleh half marathon