lady_i), me, Sue, Jenn P., and Jessica C.) who all fit one of those categories. If we're looking a bit peaked, that's because we had just finished Nike's Run Hit Wonder, a great five-mile race that includes pre- and post-concerts, music during the race, and 7500 identically-dressed runners. All of us finished, and for Sue and Ilise, this was their first race ever (hooray for them!) - I would like to say that it was me who inspired them to race, but no, their muse was more likely Joan Jett, the post-race concert headliner.
Sadly, my Achillies' tendon started hurting after a race the following weekend, and I couldn't run for about six weeks. It was rather frustrating, as I thought I was getting pretty good, but really, I'm just getting old. I finally managed to go on an easy run with my hot neighbor a few weeks ago, and fortunately felt fine afterwards. A week after that I did a respectable time in a 4-mile race, then this past weekend, on a gorgeously cool Saturday, I blew through my goal of 6 minutes at the Fifth Avenue Mile: I managed to finish in 5:44. Oh, I didn't come close to winning, but considering that my best time in high school was a mere 5:20, I was pretty proud. And also completely wiped, more so than even after a 10K. Sue and Jenn also beat their expectations at the mile race, so afterwards we celebrated with wine and lots of talk about kitchen and bathroom renovations. (Did I mention that we're getting old?)