Sunday, August 3, 2008
Carrying the Torch (aka 8 on the 8th)
Nancy's 8 on the 8th is quickly approaching. This blogger is unable to participate in the events next weekend, but did her part by participating in the virtual torch relay to make sure the games go on as scheduled. No need to thank me, I'm here to help.
I'm sure you all understand that the torch relay is more akin to an easy long run than a race. You see, it's more important to keep the flame going and safely transport it from Point A to Point B than to arrive quicly at Point B only to find that the blinding speed caused the flame to go out. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
This portion of the torch relay passed through a very rural part of the country; the torch carrier had to stop once to let a group of horses pass by safely and one other time when a coyote was crossing the path. I'm pleased to report that no animals were injured or spooked by the torch runner.
The route ended up a little long, measuring 8.43 miles. However, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I am able to report with confidence that the 8 mile point was passed in precisely 01:36:53.
Race participants may rest with confidence in knowing that the torch has been successfully passed on. I would expect the games to proceed on schedule.
The torch runner will rest with confidence as well. This was her longest run in the past 2.5 months. The half-marathon training plan seems to be coming along well.