Hilary's Steamtown Marathon blog
Sunday, April 11, 2004
Miles for the week: 10 (2/1/2/5)
5 miles LSD: 58:39, average HR 154
Resting heart rate: 51
Fitness test: 37
Somewhat chilly, somewhat gray today--the sun visible as a white disc. The coltsfoot is flowering, so spring is officially here in my book. A first: I met ANOTHER PERSON RUNNING!!! This has never happened before, in four years of off-again on-again running. Our neighbors up the hill run, but they are a mile and half away and our paths never intersect except when we actually make a point to run together (Sue and I have driven to the Friendsville post office for that purpose). So I'm heading for the first hill on my run, and here's this guy coming towards me! I start smiling, and as he gets closer for a minute I think it's Joey Griffin from across the road, and I'm extra excited because I didn't know he ran. I shout "Morning!" and then realize it's not Joey. The guy gives me a brief smile but says nothing as we pass each other. In fact, he sort of looked at me like I was crazy! Then I realize: he must be someone "from away" visiting friends or relatives for Easter, so crossing paths with another runner is no big deal for him...
I stopped at the top of the first hill to greet the tubby black-and-tan mutt who lives there. She used to be accompanied by two asthmatic boxers, but I haven't seen them in a while. I love how enthusiastic dogs can look as they run over to you. She stood on my foot and whined lovingly as I petted her, but didn't feel like accompanying me for more than the token few feet. More dogs: yellow Lab, black Lab, and Norwich terrier on the far side of Stanley Lake. I've seen them a few times before. The yellow Lab saw me first and barked, but turned around to see where the others were before deciding what to do. The black Lab also hung back, but the terrier, last to catch on that there was something to bark at, immediately scurried towards the road. By then I was far beyond them. I'm lucky there aren't any aggressive dogs along here. There used to be a Rottweiler who was a little scary, but his family moved away.
Five miles seems more & more routine. This is good! Still no application available for Steamtown, I keep checking.