On Saturday, March 29, I ran the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon. It started raining around the 5-mile mark and the temperature dropped into the low forties or maybe high thirties. The race became an endurance test. Without a poncho (I left it in the car), I got soaked. After I crossed the finish line, I had moderate hypothermia (slurred words, stumbling, confusion, and irrational behavior). Some would argue that I had irrational behavior before the start of the race! You're doing this in the cold and possible rain because. . . ?
I’m not sick now because I had started antibiotics two days earlier for a sinus infection. I pushed my body to its limit. I wish I could say I learned something that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise, but I can’t. Sometimes we do crazy things simply for the challenge. I thought at sixty-four I was over that. Evidently not! If I hadn’t at least made the effort to run the race, I would have been very disappointed.
Twenty-four hours after I crossed the finish line, I was on a plane to New York City to visit my grandchildren.
I’m tired and sore and moving slowly, but I love to race and that’s why I run. Now, to get back to writing my story. I didn’t make my word count last week and it doesn’t look good for this week either.
I wish I could push my mind to the same limits I push my body. But if I did, the words would be gobbledygook!
I have another race on the 17th and between now and then a weekend wedding in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Spring! I’m glad it’s here, but I did a lot of writing while hibernating during the godawful winter.
Here’s to spring. Hip-hip-hooray!
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