I know it's not Typepad's fault that actual people are being actually hired to go around and spam blog comments, and therefore they get past the Captcha, but JEBUS CRIMINY ON A CRACKER, it's getting me down. PLEASE MAKE IT STOP, TYPEPAD!!!
Sorry, I just had to vent.
Now on to more interesting topics.
Hey, look at this:
This is me and a friend on a yellow schoolbus. We were on our way to be dropped off at the start line for the Middlebury Turkey Trot 5K today.
is where the bus stopped. The driver said, "I guess this is where the 5K starts," and silly people that we were, we ACTUALLY GOT OFF THE BUS.
I thought it had to be a cruel joke.
It was just filthy cold and gusty, with a wind chill of zero degrees F. And by F, I think you know what I mean, and it ain't necessarily Fahrenheit.
Here are a few of us trespassing on a dog kennel property sort of huddled behind a fence, waiting for three more buses full of unsuspecting victims to come and wait for the race that was supposed to happen at 12, but was late starting. We all had numb digits and ears and noses by the time the thing actually started.
Pro tip: When the course description suggests something to the effect of, "Classic Vermont Terrain," be afraid. Be very afraid. It could mean being bused out for what seems like wayyyy more than 3-something miles on a hilly dirt road in the middle of nowhere. I'm just saying.
But anyway. Eventually we got going, and I'm here to tell about it, and hey, dognabbit, I've run another 5K! In just under three months, I've run three 5Ks. And coincidentally in my entire life, I have run three 5Ks.
Can you believe it? I can't.
Apart from the hills and the freezing, it was a good race. The best part of this one was the sweet beagle and old yellow lab at one property at the top of a long hill who were watching the 400ish racers go by, standing back a few feet from the road, gently wagging their tails as if to sweetly cheer us on. Actually, that was probably one of the Ten Best Things I Have Ever Seen. Ever. I so wanted to take their picture, but my iPhone was frozen -- or was that my fingers? -- and I could not manage to get a photo. I'm so very sad about that.
So here's the thing: I have gone and got a little bit of a crazy idea in my head. I'd like to run 12 5K races in 12 months. Looks like I'm already on my way to that actually happening. Wanna join me?
I haven't been able to find a December race that I can do yet, so I'm sort of on the lookout for one. I'm not going to be available for quite a lot of December, so I might just have to double up and run two in some future month.
Gratuitous Mr. Jefferies shot: