ORN: 8.3 miles, 1:17:35, run only, 9:10/mile
It was a great treat to host Darrell on Saturday night and Sunday! With business travel keeping him on the road for a week, I was glad Gretchen and I could provide a respite from the grind of hotels and restaurant food.
As an added treat, the weekend blossomed into the most beautiful spring weather we’ve had this year, the first spring weekend we’ve enjoyed. With temps in the 60s and 70s, clear blue skies and light breezes, we showed Darrell around Purdue University, my work setting and much enjoyable conversation.
We fit our run together in on Sunday morning. Gretchen gave us both some good-natured kidding on both wearing orange shirts, as if we "coordinated our outfits." Darrell is tapering into the Eugene Marathon next Sunday, so he had 8 miles on his schedule, which fit in fine with my schedule as well. He was very kind to throttle back on his usual Zephyr-like pace for the run to accommodate me and I scrapped the run/walk process and ran away. It worked wonderfully for us both. I took him on a “tour” of the West Lafayette Trails, past both cornfields, residential areas, commercial areas, wetlands and woods. On a spectacularly beautiful spring morning, everything looked fresh and alive. Poor Darrell probably wondered just how horrible the weather must be here normally, as I could not quit exclaiming what a beautiful day it was.
We ended up doing 8.3 miles, with splits of 9 29, 9 19, 9 23, 9 26, 9 27, 9 14, 9 14, 9 14 and 2:45 (@ 8:43 pace). Quite consistent and gradually picking up the pace, while we remained conversational throughout. It was a most enjoyable run. After cleaning up, we went to church and enjoyed a long relaxing lunch, along with my wife.
In a continuing conversation during our visit, we reflected on injuries we both have had and continue to pay close attention to: Darrell with his left hip, my right ITB. We also considered how unusual it was, in the general population, to put the word “only” in front of the term “8 mile run.” We realized it is important to keep a perspective of gratitude about running, rather than an attitude of entitlement. Every day of health we have is a gift and we are wise to receive it as such.
Relationships are central to life itself. I had a treat this weekend to enjoy Darrell’s company. Next weekend, Michelle, Jenny, Sarah, Rob and others will get to enjoy Darrell in Eugene. How cool!! Enjoy every minute and the gift these friendships bring.