One of those mornings
Things got off on the wrong foot quickly this morning when I overslept by over an hour. I had planned to get up at 5:30 and then be at Fletcher’s Cove in Goergetown by 6:45 for our weekly TNT long run. But when you wake up at the time you are supposed to be there, well, that’s a problem. I quickly dressed, made a coffee in the Keurig and grabbed an energy bar and my water bottle and jumped in the car. By the time I got there the front runners of marathon group were just about done with their 8-miler. At least I was there to chat with runners as they got done and provide whatever advice was needed. Luckily my fellow coaches took it all in stride and we got through it.
While I was there I did notice that college XC preseason is well underway. I saw the Georgetown men’s and women’s team both go flying by our base camp on the C&O. The men looked like they were jogging and they still were doing about 7-minute miles.
It wasn’t until about 11am that all the runners and walkers finally came off the course. Some were going as long as 12, including one lady who race-walked the whole thing. Part of our job as coaches is to stay out there until everyone is safely done. Only then could I finally head out on my own run. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I decided to just run and let the route come to me. I headed down the C&O towards Georgetown and then just kept going along Rock Creek. When I got to the 14th St. Bridge access point on Ohio Drive I took that and headed up the Mt. Vernon trail to the Memorial Bridge. I then made my way back to Georgetown and Fletcher’s but this time took the Waterfront Park path and Capital Crescent.
So it all worked out in its own strange way…I got over 11 miles total, albeit in sopping wet humid conditions. The rain didn’t drench me today, but the air did.
Oh, and last night, I ran the final 5k of the Lost Dog series. I went gunning for another sub-20 but didn’t get it. Humidity and some stomach issues did me in. Oh well, I did sweep the men’s 50-59 age category for all four races. Each time I had a choice of prizes: water bottle, sack pack or microfiber workout towel. I now have a complete set of towels.
Afterwards we retreated one last time to the Stray Cat for a free craft beer. My wife lynnucla and I hung out with malloryrunsthis and had a great chat. It’s been really cool getting to know Mallory. She’s a hella runner and a really nice person, too. I’m sure we’ll get together some more in the future. We love making new running friends.