Today I ran through O'Brien, Oregon. For some reason, vj_pdx has uploaded a photo of the O'Brien post office to Flikr.
Non-Runner Nancy (who really needs to change her handle) has declared a virtual race, and today's run is my race entry. Officially, we were supposed to run 8 miles on 8/8/08, but that didn't fit my running schedule. I figure 9 miles on 8/9/08 is OK. A day late, but a mile extra.
The run itself was interesting. I did a 4.5 mile out-and-back. I didn't realize until the middle of the run that most of the last 3 miles of the out were downhill. Which meant that most of the first three miles of the back were uphill. Into a gentle but steady wind. So it was quite a challenge. Like Wednesday, I took about a minute more on the second half of the run than I did on the first, but at least today I had an excuse. (Wednesday's run was two loops of the same 4.5 mile course.)
It was not a bad day for a run. Temps in the low 60's and moderate humidity. I was pretty sweaty by the end, but I plugged along. My time was 1:26:36. In fact, I declare myself to be the winner of the virtual race in my distance and class*.
*My class, for those who are interested, is as follows: Gender: male; Age: 43 years, 10 months to 43 years, 11 months; Weight: 215 pounds to 225 pounds; Handedness: Left; Vision: Myopic. Anyone in that class wants a piece of me, you know where to find me.