Before I go off the deep-end on something unrelated to running, here's the scoop on this weekend's race. It's called the Charlottesville 10 Miler and this will be my first time running this event. I am VERY excited. I love running the Virginia 10-Miler in Lynchburg every year and, frankly, didn't even know until today that Charlottesville had a race of the same distance. I'll say this about myself: I love competition. Who doesn't? This little habit of mine, i.e., wanting/needing to be challenged, is probably the single most important reason why I sign up for these races. And honestly, this is a huge event with almost 2,000 participants in it, and I really miss races of this size. You get the picture. The bigger the better when it comes to races, and that includes the Chicago Marathon that had 40,000 runners in it the year I ran it.
The good news is that the weather will be clear and dry this Saturday. The bad news is that the course is hilly, but what else would you expect for the Virginia Piedmont, right? It's all good.
I'm signing off for now to get some more yard work done before the rains come mid-week. There's so much to be grateful for these days, so let's all take a moment to remember that -- even if we're having a bad day. I'm grateful not to be living in a war zone, for beautiful sunrises and sunsets, for my job and my family, and for this amazing spring day. Be sure to tell God what you're grateful for. He's the cause of it all.