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Time well spent

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In 2 ½ hours, a person can accomplish a lot.

In 2 ½ hours, you can watch a fairly long movie, such as “The Dark Knight” and “Independence Day.”

In about 2 ½ hours, you can drive from Danbury, Connecticut to Boston, Massachusetts.

In about 2 ½ hours, you can fly from Connecticut to Florida.

In 2 ½ hours, you can play a game of Monopoly or clean my youngest son’s room—well, it might take a bit longer for that last one!

On Sunday, it took me about 2 ½ hours to race a 30K (which is about 18 1/2 miles).

I woke up at 5 a.m. and left the house at 6 when it was still dark outside and the rest of my family was sound asleep.  Kathy picked me up and we drove about 40 minutes.

Unlike all the other races I’ve been in recently, there wasn’t a place indoors to stay warm in prior to it beginning.  Also, there were only two port-o-pottys (in sight) for about 150 people.

For the second time in a row, Kathy’s name wasn’t on the list of people who had signed up for the race, which was an extra nuisance for her to deal with.

We stood around in groups, not fully certain of the exact spot where the race would begin.  We warmed up a little bit, but not for the purpose of getting our heart rate up, reducing our chances of getting injured, or any of the other reasons you should warm up before a race.  Instead, we warmed up—to warm up!!  It was so cold out!

Yet, once the race started, all of this was quickly forgotten as all my energy and focus went towards doing the best I could do in my longest race yet—until the marathon!

If you had 2 ½ hours to spare on a Sunday morning, how would you spend it?  Hopefully it would be on something you’ll look back upon—when you’re sore and stiff and exhausted—with happiness, great memories, and the realization that it was time well spent.

Happy running!

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