ORN (Sat): 8.3 miles total with 5 x 1 mile intervals at 8:25 average
Last week I wrote about my simple love of running in shorts during the winter. While my midweek runs this past week were nippy (one needing 2 pairs of gloves), Saturday warmed to 36 and we had a light but steady snow.
Which thrilled me. It's a rare meteorological occurrence to have it both snowing AND warm enough for shorts. I don't recall it happening for several years now. Out the door I went to do the intervals the schedule called for. It was a most enjoyable run.
As I turned into the wind around mile 5 of the run, it hit me that I had done this once before, a long time ago. Oh yes, I said, I once ran a Half Marathon in Africa in such weather. I could see it in my head...just couldn't remember when. Pulling up the race history I pieced together from various calendars of running in the early 80s, I did the HM in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Saturday, April 26, 1980. Did a 1:43:43 In the snow but I was only 27...may never see that speed again.
Yes, snow in Africa. With the seasons reversed there, this was an early winter storm that hit. I had persuaded my colleague Hugh to run with me. No tech shirts in 1980...just a cotton shirt. And we nearly froze. But we did get it done.
Hugh was single at the time. We had only one toddler. A few days ago, we got a Christmas card from Hugh, with a terrific photo of him and his wife from their son's wedding last summer. Hugh is just as good looking as he was in 1980, with only a touch of grey.
Speed will inexorably leave us. Friendships won't. Hugh is still a pal. Despite me freezing him out nearly 30 years ago.