The kid looks strong

My pride and joy (and sometimes running rival), Steven, had his first cross country meet of the season yesterday. Of course, I had to go and cheer him on. He started out strong, but a foot pain caused him to fade about halfway through the 3K course. He was disappointed with his time. Of course, we both hope it’s a temporary thing, and that he’ll recover in time to show the world what we can do. I think he’ll bounce back. 

Steven runs down the fairway toward the finish line.

Steven, in the middle of the photo, pushes off to a strong start.

Nothing warms Trail Boy's heart more than to see another trail runner, especially when it's my own son.

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WHEN BOW TIES WORK

I’ve never had much luck wearing bow ties.

You really need to have the right look to pull it off: suave and sophisticated, like Cary Grant. Every time I try to wear a bow tie, I look like a dork.

 

But as a runner, I like another kind of bow tie: a running course that keeps looping back to a central point. 

First you run in one direction, then loop back to the starting point. Then you can head out in the opposite direction for a bit, and loop back again.

Some days, it’s just comforting to stay close to the home base, no matter how long the run. The starting is a good place to stash water and food. And the starting point is your house, then so much the better.

That’s what I did this morning.

OK, it was a miniaturized version of a bow tie loop. Instead of running five or six miles in one direction, I ran a one-mile loop in one direction, then a half-mile loop in the other direction. I did it three times, for a run of about 4 1/2 miles.

It was a decent distance on a weekday morning. And it meant I could stay fairly close to home, watching the boys get on their school buses, and stopping once for water.

Some times, bow ties look pretty good.

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