my morning runs are going as well, or better, than i would have thought back in may and early june. i’m thinking that i’ll run Belle Chere next summer. haven’t run a road race in some ten years or so now, but (don’t tell anybody ! ) i’ll be in a new age bracket by then and may even go home with a ribbon. a couple of weeks ago i asked dave what he thought it would take to do well: “twenty-five minutes,” he said. and then: “but, daddy, you may the only one in that age group!”
there are a couple of school busses that are pick up kids on wilson road before good daylight gets there, and with the curves that we both have to negotiate i have a strong need to not have them making that corner without knowing i am there! … the little dogs ( three australian terriers ) nearly always go with me and are content sitting in the truck and keeping an eye on things while i run: mr. ramsey feeding his cows, the in-frequent other walkers and runners, the local folk headed off to work.
what with the days getting shorter it is six forty-five or so before i can put a foot on the pavement. this morning the full moon was still sky in the west and the sun was just starting to back light the fog and whispy clouds above the ridge line to the east. before the end of the first lap the geese were coming in to feed in the recently combined corn fields. there was just enough ‘cool’ in the air to keep the sweat under control. just think, in another three weeks i’ll be needing long sleeves .. and them sweat pants!
i used to say that in my next life i was gonna live is texas and be a guitar picker. now: i think i’ll just come back to sugar hollow road, fairview, north carolina. … life is good!