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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Race day

What bizarre weather, even for here. I awoke to about 3 inches of crusty, icy snow on the ground and plastered to my car. I went to coffee and to work about 7:30 a.m., and was amazed to see, first, how nasty it apparently had been overnight here, and, second, how spotty it was. Just half a mile into town, there was no (zip, zilch, nada) snow on the ground.

Even weirder, it didn't melt out here (near Malmstrom, at the east end of town) until early afternoon, and it spit snow, or the springtime equivalent of it, on us as we ran.

But we did run. It was fun, and I surprised myself, running about a 43-minute Ice Breaker five-miler, followed by a slower three-miler with Julia, who did great. I could have added the one-miler too, but we were hungry and getting cold, so bagged it.

I don't know what my fastest Ice Breaker was (this was the 27th, and I've run in most of them in the 24 years I've lived here), but this had to be among them. I think I cracked the 40 barrier once back in the '80s, but I'm not sure. I am sure it was significantly faster than my last one, which probably was a couple of years ago.

It also had the distinction of putting me over 100 with still seven days to go in the month! I'm as ready for the Lincoln half marathon as I've ever been.

The pictures below, btw, are of Julia's first competitive track meet, in the little Sun River Valley town of Simms about 30 miles west of here. One is the first hurdle she ever went over in a meet, and the other is her lead-off leg of the 4x100. She did great.

8-1/2; 26; 106; 466-1/2
Posted by Mose, 5:56 PM


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