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Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Hooray! Happy Independence Day.

I rose early this morning and headed out to Arbutus, the next town adjacent to Catonsville, for the start of the annual festivities. That would be the 31st Annual Arbutus Firecracker 10k road race.

I actually considered jogging the 3.5 miles from the house to the race site at the Arbutus Middle School but rejectd that idea when I discovered that it was still very humid and in fact had just finished raining.


When I arrived, the sky looked like it was going to bust loose and in fact a light rain passed through at about two minutes before the horn.

And just as quick as that it was blue sky from from horizon to horizon.

And just as quick as that clouds came back.


No rain. Lots of humidity. Rather warm for a run coupled with the humidity. I was doing very well until about mile 4.5 when I felt the need to pay closer attention to my heart rate monitor. Then I really slowed down.

It is after all supposed to be fun.

The locals were all out along the route with hoses and sprinklers. But running by them, you really don't get very wet and it just spots up my glasses so I mostly avoid them. But you would think that I had dipped in someone's pool by how wet I was at the end. And I smelled so good that I drove home with the windows down.

Once home I got busy on one of my many project "until the parade starts." For the first time in about 20 years we did not host a Fourth of July Party. It's always at our house because we are a block, half block really, from the start of the parade. The next thing I knew I heard the Ravens Marching Band, they are usually one of the later units, and I was in the middle of something, so I missed it.

It was so close and sticky tonight that I actually skipped the fireworks. Most unusual for me since I have always loved them and Catonsville always has a really good show.

As I sit here, I am listening to the illegal fireworks exploding all around town. Maryland doesn't allow any flying stuff without a tightly controlled license. But you can get them in Pennsylvania, West Virgina, and, I think, Virginia, right across the line.

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