13.1 miles

I had another great time at the Brooksie Way. The Crim Fitness Foundation, Oakland County, and the Oakland University folks put on another great event. Usually I take Sunday off from blogging, you know, NFL, Nascar, MLB baseball playoffs, all the good stuff that make Sunday afternoons special.
I thought I would write my feelings about the race.

As I said this is my 4th and from day one I’ve loved this race. Now you might have remembered in a previous post, I’m not racing anyone but myself. I’m not real fast, I do more walking than I want, but what the heck, I’m not trying to impress anyone but myself.

I like the views and scenery of this race. The colors are just beginning to change and the route takes you through all sorts of neighborhoods and a couple small cities. We spent some time on dirt trails and a lot of time on hills. Actually the hills are arduos and long but I love them. They add to the difficulty level and the mystique of this race. I’ve known a few people that have previously done this race and now they don’t want anything to do with it. Too many hills is what they tell me. They prefer flatter courses. It’s good there are races that can suit just about anyone.

I’m sitting down as I write this and I’m sore as all get out. Legs, hips, feet all sore. But the thing I like about this type of soreness is it is specific and focused. I call it a “Good Ache”. I know where it came from and based on past experience it will feel a bit better each day and I’ll be back to normal in no time. I’d say no time, but at 44 it isn’t no time like it was at 24. The aches last a bit longer, but at the same time I really feel alive after a long race like this. Now I like this ache a whole lot better than those aches, us from the more seasoned set feel from time to time. Just aching because you’re awake and sometimes they might even wake you up from a deep sleep. Anyway I digress.

The weather was perfect. Sunny for the most part. I would be nice and call the chill in the air at 8:00am, crisp, but it wasn’t. It was about the coldest I’ve felt it in early October at this race. Maybe it was the 15 mph wind gusting to 25 mph. Yeah now that I think of it, that’s the ticket.

I took my Flip Camera and took some video of my favorite parts of the race. I took about 30 minutes of raw video, so I’ve got some editing to do.

Remember…you don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington

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