Well, the intertubes are hooked up, along with DVR (!) and teh house is looking fantastic! The only problem? We don't have a lawnmower and if you look at our yard for about 15 seconds, you can actually SEE the grass growing with all the rain we've had recently. Anyone have an extra LawnBoy? Maybe just some goats?
In running news, last week was fantastic. I put in right around 55 miles with some great speed work included. And speaking of speed, some people out there feel the need to dedicate an entire summer to speed. And then complain about it. And then complain some more about it. After witnessing this, I decided to simply enjoy a Saturday of Speed. Last weekend I ran a 5K at 8:00 AM in pouring rain, through mud puddles, along the local High School Cross Country course, and then managed to out sprint a high schooler for 4th overall and finish in 18:56. It was great...besides my Glavenly-cursed Garmin once again taking a crap because its oh so precious bezel got some rain on it. I'm growing very very impatient with the 405. After resting a bit and chatting to everyone at the finish line, I hopped in my car, changed shoes and socks, and drove 10 minutes South to the next town and sprinted to the start line of a 5 mile run that began at 9 AM. Still upset with the Garmin, I left it in the car and ran the entire race on 'feel.' I kept track of my breathing rhythm and chugged away at the tough hills, and opened it up a bit on the downhills, and really felt like I could have run forever. I finished the 5 Miler in 31:xx (no online posting of finish times yet, but I think it was 31:52...) and took 3rd overall! The winner and 2nd place ran 26:xx and 28:xx, so I feel like I was 1st in human class :)
Looking back at the most recent 5 miler I ran in June, before Grandma's, I was amazed that this weekend's 5 miler was faster! That's a nice confidence booster going forward.
The reality check? I was in such a hurry getting to that 5 miler, that I apparently didn't write all that legibly (hey, I'm a doctor), resulting in my name being announced as "Nic Bibblor" at the awards ceremony. That was just awesome. Hopefully it ends up in the paper that way too.
On Thursday I'm hoping to go down to the North Face 50K course and run about 20 miles on the course. Until then, this is Nic, signing off the Grid again.