After joining the Running Shop gang for an easy 10K last evening, I tagged along to hear about a possible team some of the local runners are putting together to run the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in West Chester, Ohio on December 8. Our club is planning on fielding at least one competitive team of eight runners, and this meeting included several of the runners who will probably make the final cut.
I was pretty excited by the idea, as the thought of taking a trip with a group of runners to a race half-way across the country to possibly run in mud and snow while competing against other national clubs sounded like a ton of fun.
For some reason I started thinking about how this reminded me of when the band I was in planned our two tours across the country. Many of the runners at the meeting were in their mid-20's, which was my age when the band was most active. Making the plan is almost as fun as putting it into practice.
Unfortunately, as I kept listening to the plan, reality started to set in. Flights, rental cars, lodging, and getting time off from work during the busy season all came to mind, not to mention that most of the workouts the guys would want to do would be done in the evenings and well across town from me. This is where I started feeling a bit too old for the gang I was with. While I make an occasional exception for the Wednesday night social run, evenings are for dinner with the family and goofing off with the kids.
Regrettably, I'll have to sit this one out. The same thing usually happens with other running road trips, 24 hour relay races and the like. While my job is fairly relaxed during the summer, it gets much busier during the fall and winter. As such, it's next to impossible for me to not work on a Saturday. The exceptions are the few weekends a year where I run a marathon, and those days are generally cleared months in advance.
While it stinks to not be able to take part in the race, I have to remember to take the bad with the good. While I'm in the pool at the recreation center at 3pm on a Monday, watching our daughter do mermaid jumps off the deck, most of the runners at that table are either at work or school.
And who really wants to run in the mud anyway?
Training: Today, 12 miles, 1:26:00, 7:10 pace
Yesterday pm., 6.2 mile in 43:20 or so.