I'll get to that shortly but first a little back story.
During Wednesday night speed work I had made arrangements to meet Matthew W. for an 8:00AM run Thanksgiving morning. Nothing serious, just a few easy miles before the tryptophan-induced lethargy of Thanksgiving turkey. However when I woke, I woke to a near freezing downpour and thought to myself, "self, you don't really want to go out there..." So I emailed Matthew W. looking for a way out.
On Nov 23, 2006, at 6:42 AM, Josh Morphew wrote:
Given the lousy weather, I am inclined to not run this AM. What do you think? My cell is XXX-XXX-XXXX.
Four minutes later Matthew W's one sentence response:
On Nov 23, 2006, at 6:46 AM, Matthew W wrote:
You can't BQ if you don't make the sacrifices....
Needless to say Matthew's Boston Qualifier reference not only got me out the door but also gave me a psychological push. If I can get up and out the door on a cold and wet Thanksgiving morning then I'll certainly have no excuses when training actually begins later this winter.
While running in the rain I commented that the running muses will surely look favorably on us. And indeed they did. The weather on Friday, Saturday and in particular today was fabulous for running. Dressed in shorts and a technical t-shirt I felt like I could run forever. And my iPod turned out a killer playlist.
Thanks for the push Matthew.
"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
PS - Check back soon for more details on the forthcoming competition.