MOBYCARP's SparkPeople Blog MOBYCARP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Pre-race running musings It's the evening before a race, and I'm not particularly excited about it. <BR> <BR> No doubt I'll get into things tomorrow morning, but for now tomorrow's 10K seems like just a minor detail in the big running picture. It is the final race in the Rochester Runner of the Year series; but there is no pressure because I've already clinched the age group for the series. I won't win the age group in this race, even if I run a PR, because a faster guy is registered. That's one that I know about... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:36:52 EST Less is More Today I ran 16 miles. That's a bit noteworthy for being the first day I've run that far since the Buffalo Marathon. To be fair, I've had some 15 mile days and 3 half marathons since Buffalo; but the lack of true long runs for almost half a year seems odd. <BR> <BR> There are reasons for the lack of long runs. First, I was recovering from Buffalo. Then I ran several shorter races in June, and a half marathon in July. Then I rolled my ankle in late July, and spent several weeks limited in... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 21:26:26 EST Race Report: 2015 Good Life Halfsy Haven't blogged since Wednesday because I was pretty busy. The lead in to the race: Thursday morning I went out and ran the planned workout of 20 minutes @E, 10 minutes at half marathon pace, 10 minutes @E.* Then my daughter and I got in the car, and drove a bit more than halfway there. Friday we drove all day long, and I was too wiped out emotionally to deal with getting in a 30 minute easy run like the plan called for; but we got there. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning my sister ONEKIDSMOM t... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:29:23 EST Taper and Travel In the last week leading up to the Good Life Halfsy, I'm finally getting around to thinking about structuring my runs to point at the race. Better late than never, yes? But then, the last 2 weeks I had other races I was concerned with. <BR> <BR> Today I looked at the last week of the marathon training plan I'll be following for Boston, figuring I'd grab the Thursday assignment and run that tomorrow morning before I hit the road. What's the Thursday assignment, the week before a Sunday rac... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:18:57 EST Race Report: Scare Brain Cancer Away 5K Age group results are highly dependent on who shows up. <BR> <BR> As the name implies, Scare Brain Cancer Away 5K is a late October race to benefit individuals with brain cancer and brain cancer research. While that is undoubtedly a worthy cause, I can't claim to have signed up to support the cause. I entered this one because it's the 10th of 12 Rochester Runner of the Year events, and I wanted to win my age group for the series. <BR> <BR> RROY was not on my radar screen at the beginning ... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 20:55:23 EST Friday rest day and packet pickup Today is a rest day. I have 10K steps, but I won't break 12K. Took the day off work, because it's getting to the time of year when I take Fridays off rather than being forced to forfeit earned time off when the clock strikes midnight for New Years. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I put in 3 hours of volunteer work supporting the GVH Mudslog. As the name implies, this is an obstacle race featuring mud. I didn't have to work in the mud, though. I helped build a couple of log barriers for the run... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 21:08:09 EST Race Report: 2015 Finish Strong 15K A race doesn't start on race day. It starts with preparation and training, even if the runner doesn't know what specific race he is preparing for. Today I saw some good results from preparation and training. <BR> <BR> Due to some poorly coordinated goals, I am scheduled to run races on three consecutive weekends. I thought about that for a while, and decide that today's 15K was the least important of the three. So last Thursday at the running club, when I talked to the coach about what w... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 20:20:40 EST Four Years a Runner Four years ago today, I completed Spark People's 5K Your Way Running Program. I went out and ran a route that I had mapped to be 5K, solo. I imagined passing other runners when I felt good, other runners passing me when I had to slow down. I ran that 5K in 22 minutes even. About 3 weeks after that, I ran my first actual 5K race, finishing in 21 minutes even. <BR> <BR> A lot has happened in four years. My next race is Saturday. It's a 15K, which was an impossibly long distance 4 years a... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 21:54:36 EST Boston pre-training: Building a Base This week, I'm experiencing a little cognitive dissonance. Tomorrow is the first paced run of the fall Half and Full Marathon training session. I'm not in the program, but I will be pacing with a target pace of 8:30 per mile. The first long run assignment is 5 miles for the half marathon program, or 8 miles for the full marathon program. The idea is to keep the pace easy and conversational, which will be different speeds for different runners; I am pacing at the fast end of the spectrum f... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 21:01:32 EST Four Year Maintenace Anniversary Let's put the oft-cited stats up front: <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%. <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%! <BR> <BR> Today marks my 4 year maintenance anniversary, which puts my chance of regain somewhere below 50%. I thought about the upcoming anniversary several times in the past couple of weeks, but would have ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 15:57:54 EST Running and the Changing Seasons The seasons are changing. On Sunday, I ran in 80° weather with some humidity. I wore a singlet and shorts, and was glad not to have sleeves to get weighted down with sweat. Today, I ran in 43° weather with 15-18 mph ENE wind. I wore light gloves, light tights, a long sleeve tech shirt, and a windproof jacket over the shirt. It was barely adequate going into the wind, because I am not yet acclimated to the colder weather. In the same conditions in March, I might wear shorts, a short sl... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 20:57:42 EST Forecast: The 2016 Race Calendar Two weeks ago I completed the 2015 Four Seasons Challenge, a series of four half marathons in four different season. This generously counts the September 20 half as autumn, when it was technically still summer; but the weather was more like autumn than summer, so that was good. <BR> <BR> I like that autumn event so well that I want to do the full marathon in 2016. Blast from the past: My original plan for 2015 called for the Rochester Marathon in 2016 to be my first marathon. Now, it loo... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 20:17:37 EST Looking Forward: Training Plans There are training plans, and there are training plans. And then there's training ad hoc without a formal plan. I've been thinking about training quite a bit lately, specifically training to run races. Very specifically, training to run the 2016 Boston Marathon. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking in the context of what I've done to prepare for half marathons and a full marathon in the past. <BR> <BR> I did a group training program for my first half marathon. It taught me a lot about how to train. ... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:33:24 EST Race Report: 2015 MVP Rochester (Half) Marathon The weather this morning was just as forecast, mid-50s and cloudy. I'd thought about this race enough that the morning tasks were on the order of getting up early enough to leave on time. Gun time was 7:30, but the training group wanted a photo at 6:50 and parking was between 2 and 3 miles from the start line. <BR> <BR> Got to the parking in good shape. Walked past the shuttle bus stop just as a bus was loading. A volunteer said, "Got your bib? I see it, go ahead." I thought about getti... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 16:35:05 EST Taper musings One of the advantages of this being Boston Registration week is that it kept my mind off being in taper. Till today, anyway. Tomorrow is the MVP Rochester Marathon. I'll be running the half because it's the final leg of the Four Seasons Challenge. <BR> <BR> A year ago, I was coming off a stress fracture. I had worked my long run up to 10 miles the week before Rochester, and I salvaged a half out of the entry fee I paid for the marathon. That turned out to be my slowest half, as I ran de... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 16:45:53 EST Race Calendar musings After a few days of euphoria from registering for and being accepted into the 2016 Boston Marathon, today was time to be concerned about more immediate business. The MVP Rochester Marathon is Sunday. The half is the fourth leg of the Four Seasons Challenge. I need to run it to get the fourth and final part of the series medal, as well as the HM finisher's medal to go on the rack with the medals from the other three. <BR> <BR> I'd like to get an age group award, as well. I was first in m... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 20:50:32 EST Quick Update I'm running short of time today, and need to get to bed; but I wanted to get a couple things out there for my Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> Today the email notifying me of acceptance into Boston 2016 arrived. It was time stamped 10:24 AM, which means the system sent it out as soon as possible after registration was opened to people who "only" beat their BQ targets by 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> BAA gave me an early 60th birthday present. Because I will turn 60 before Patriot Day 2016, I got to regis... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 22:10:23 EST Please Come to Boston for the Springtime . . . Contrary to my expectation, the bloat from overeating last Tuesday cleared by Saturday. That left me free to focus on running this weekend. Saturday I saw fall weather arrive, 61° and light rain for 12 miles. I was regretting not running the extra 4 with my running buddy who showed up for the paced run, so Sunday I did a longer preview run of the MVP Rochester Half. I ran the loop from the start line to the O'Rourke Bridge, across the river on the bridge and back uphill on the east side,... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:39:46 EST Mixed Week Accountability confession: Tuesday was the running club's fall party. It was 90° and humid. I ran the 2 mile warmup anyway. The assignment was freeform run, just be back in time for dinner. I thought I might run another 5 miles, ended up running 4.25. It was just too damp. <BR> <BR> Now, the confession part: I overate terribly at the dinner. Overeating the barbecue and pasta wasn't too bad, but desserts are my downfall. I think I may suffer from an eating disorder. Its name is "gl... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 20:57:51 EST Race Report: SummerFest 12K I had signed up for this one on January 1, as a cheap bundle with Spring Forward 15K in March. The half and full marathon program I pace for took today off; marathon trainees were given the assignment of either an easy 15 miles on their own, or run a preview of SummerFest then run the 12K. <BR> <BR> If I hadn't sprained an ankle 6 weeks ago, it would be a no-brainer. I'd follow the marathon training long run assignment. With the recovering ankle, things were in doubt. The Podiatrist sa... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 19:45:54 EST Speed Work Last June, I joined the Genesee Valley Harriers, a local running club. I was interested in the regular organized speed work, because I found I wasn't doing speed work on my own. I was concerned that I might be getting involved with a testosterone-driven group that could suck me into doing too much and getting injured. <BR> <BR> Three months later, I'm happy with the regular speed work. Don't want twice a week? Fine, just show up once. Don't want to push that hard? Cut the workout down ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 22:03:37 EST Old vs. Bold My co-pace leader Jim does a lot of active stuff. One of the things he does is climbing. He tells me when he first started climbing, he met a famous climber. (He also told me the guy's name, which I forgot, and that this guy was the first American to climb Mt. Everest and K-2.) This famous climber told Jim, "There are old climbers, and there are bold climbers, but there are no old, bold climbers." That stuck with Jim enough that he's passed this bit of wisdom on at least twice in my hear... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:03:00 EST Running a bit faster this week It's been 5 weeks since I rolled my ankle on a trail, 4 weeks since the podiatrist told me it was a sprain. The prognosis was 6 weeks to full recovery, IF I followed the directions. I have followed the directions to the best of my understanding. This morning I took the last of the 30 days of prescription anti-inflammatory drug. I should be seeing some progress with this ankle, right? <BR> <BR> Where I left off the running blogs, I ran 2 miles at a moderate* pace then a half mile of MP* a... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:37:45 EST Race Report: 2015 Metro 10 Mile (BUF v. ROC) Albion, NY is between Buffalo and Rochester, and the Albion Running Club came up wit the idea of putting on a race marketed as a competition between the Buffalo and Rochester running communities. The promo videos were entertaining, but the rivalry was not particularly heated. Runners don't do trash talk. <BR> <BR> Recap picture (previously posted) of my race shirt and bib: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bibs for t... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:16:17 EST Pre-race musings with a recovering ankle Today is the Metro 10 mile race, billed as Buffalo vs. Rochester. The race shirt has my name, bib number, and "Rochester" on the front: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Facebook, someone wrote about how nice the shirts looked and mentioned the back. In addition to the traditional sponsors' logos, the back has a message: "If you can read this, you must be on Team Buffalo." <BR> <BR> No, that's not enough to... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 07:19:44 EST Today's run and injury musings I had hoped to run 19 miles today. I had expected to be able to run 12 to 15 miles before the ankle asked to quit. I ended up running 11 miles. <BR> <BR> The 8:30 pace group was small this morning. Besides me, there was my co-pace leader and my two running buddies who have also qualified for Boston. We know each other's paces and endurance levels pretty well by now. <BR> <BR> The assigned routes were 11, 19, and 20 miles. One of my running buddies told us up front he would only run 11,... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:53:25 EST New fitness tracker, adjusted running schedule My Fitbit Flex died two days ago. It had been showing signs of an aging battery since late May, and it finally failed to hold a charge. I had become very fond of the sleep tracking function. What to do? <BR> <BR> One option would be to replace the flex with the same model. I know how to use it. But this one lasted less than 2 years, and it was a warranty replacement for one that quit working for my daughter. Perhaps it isn't the best design. <BR> <BR> The other option I had been consi... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:15:16 EST Saturday running notes It's been a busy day in running. There was no paced group run today, because the training program encouraged people to enter the Women Run the ROC 5K and make up any extra miles on their own. As the name implies, this is a women's race. A plea went out to the guys to volunteer. <BR> <BR> I had signed up for a different 5K, but canceled due to my ankle sprain. When I canceled, I signed up to volunteer for WRTR. I got assigned to be a road marshal at a driveway along the route, with the j... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 18:24:42 EST Routine Sunday Run and Running Goal Musings Today's run went as planned. I made no attempt to get up early this morning. In fact, I rolled back over to go to sleep again and wait for the alarm clock to go off at 6. This was a deliberate decision, as I've come to understand that when I'm recovering from injury getting enough sleep is even more important than it is when I'm healthy and training for a major race. <BR> <BR> Sunday morning is normally church, which is sedentary. That pushes Sunday's run to the afternoon, in the heat of... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:03:49 EST Running and Moderation I added a fifth running day this week. This was not the result of giving in to Mr. Testosterone, it was the result of lack of planning. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, after my podiatrist visit, I knew I wouldn't be doing any speed work. So I went and ran with a group that helped keep my pace in the easy range Wednesday evening. <BR> <BR> Thursday, the normal speed work day, I went to talk to the coach and tell him why I wouldn't be doing speed work for a while. Got there, and habit got me to ... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 20:52:47 EST Medical Advice and Changed Running Plans I have a slide on my Goal Board that says, "I will seek medical advice when things aren't right." I didn't call a doctor on Monday because my ankle was doing better. It wasn't that the ankle was totally normal, it was that the ankle wasn't as urgent an issue as it had been on Thursday. And I knew I had an appointment with my podiatrist scheduled for today anyway. I figured I'd see whether the podiatrist's field of expertise extends into the ankle. <BR> <BR> Yes, it does. We didn't talk ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:39:54 EST I only ran 15 miles today One of the minor pleasures available to runners is talking to non-runners as if they were runners. Some of the reactions are predicable but amusing. For example, if a runner tells a non-runner, "I only ran X miles today," the non-runner is going to be Very Impressed. It doesn't seem to matter what number X is. I've had another runner tell me she enjoys saying this with X=10. I've noticed the phenomenon with X=4. I suspect it would be just as strong with X=2. <BR> <BR> Occasionally... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:51:01 EST Ankle is better on second rest day It's been a good day. My sore ankle is much better, and it felt good to walk briskly at noon. I started the next 10K steps per day streak. Tested running perhaps 200 meters this evening, in jeans and wearing my walking shoes (Asics 33-Ms, as opposed to the Saucony Kinvaras I run in). It felt good enough that I'm pretty sure I can run normally tomorrow. <BR> <BR> That's a good thing, because I'm supposed to pace 17 miles tomorrow. The other pace leader won't be there, because he's at Lak... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:49:18 EST An anniversary, of sorts One year ago today I had a visit with my podiatrist. He gave me the green light to start running, so I went home and ran that first quarter mile. One year ago tomorrow, I did some walk 2, run 2 intervals. I built time and distance, and made it to 10 miles the Saturday before the Rochester Marathon. I salvaged a half marathon out of the marathon entry fee I had paid before I got the stress fracture. <BR> <BR> I had anticipated writing an anniversary blog describing a routine Thursday even... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:42:07 EST Bad Food Day, Extra Run, and Rolled Ankle The socialites at work decided to have a monthly grill-out in the summer. I missed May, because it was held on a day I normally work at home. Unfortunately, the socialites decided to adjust and put them on Wednesdays, a normal work in the office day for me. I survived June's grill-out with a large lunch, smaller than normal snack, normal dinner, and controlling the evening to come in within ranges on calories and macronutrients. <BR> <BR> I, um, didn't do so well with July. My area was r... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:31:07 EST Race Report: 2015 Shoreline Half Marathon Picked up the packet yesterday. The shirt design is uninspired, but it's an okay shirt. It will go into my running rotation starting with Tuesday's run. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Noticed during the night as I stirred there were flashes of yellow light from my window. I wondered why we would have salt trucks or snow plows out at night in July. (To be fair, I wasn't all the way awake.) Of course, it was... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:00:24 EST I'll have company in training In a comment on my last blog, TERI-RIFIC said she hadn't realized that qualifying for Boston meant qualifying by a lot. Well, that depends on how much you consider a lot. By virtue of being given a very generous target, I qualified by 34:07. That's a lot by most runners' understanding. But you don't really need to beat the BQ time by that much to get in. <BR> <BR> A running buddy posted the Boston registration dates to his Facebook page: <BR> <BR> Quote -- <BR> <BR> BOSTON MARATHON REG... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 20:08:08 EST What is September 14? Quote -- <BR> <BR> Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The B.A.A. will use the same process to register qualified runners as it used for the Boston Marathon in 2013, 2014, and 2015, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first. <BR> <BR> . . . <BR> <BR> Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. On Monday, September 14, eligible runn... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:52:59 EST 13 miles on July 4 Yesterday I blogged my uncertainty about a potentially injured foot. Given my foot injury history, I have reason to be cautious. <BR> <BR> This morning, the foot felt much better. What twinges I have are in the joints at the base of the toes, and feel an awful lot like the other foot, which is known to have arthritis. I'll still want to talk to my podiatrist about this, but it can wait for the next scheduled appointment. <BR> <BR> Today is a holiday, and there is no paced group run. Tr... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 16:59:38 EST Yesterday's Run, and Today's Rest Day Yesterday evening I went out to do speed work with the Genesee Valley Harriers. As is traditional, I got there early enough to do a 2 mile out and back warmup with other runners. Based on past workouts, I was expecting to run 5 to 7 miles total, including that warmup. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's workout was appealing for a distance runner: 3 miles at MP, followed by 2 to 3 miles at T.* This was to be done on the Erie Canal Path, and we set out as a group. The consensus was that we would start... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 20:51:34 EST Unclear Goals, for now It's been almost two weeks since I've blogged. Sometimes, that's a sign that I'm very busy. I'm not so sure that's the case right now. Mostly, I'm wrestling with stuff and not coming to any firm conclusions. <BR> <BR> I ran a 5K on Sunday. Turned in a PR result by a whopping 47 seconds, and I didn't write a blog. Yes, there was plenty of material there for a blog, but writing it didn't make the priority list. Hmm. That probably is telling me something about my mental state. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:28:24 EST Return to Routine Running I woke up this morning, dawdled a bit through the breakfast routine, and got out on the road to run about 7:30. It was 61° with light wind, but noticeable humidity. The weather feed that Garmin pulls from says 88% humidity at the time, and it felt it. I set out to run 12 miles somewhere between 8 and 8:30 per mile, with a half baked thought of seeing how it would feel to pace an 8 minute mile. Aside from a slower first mile (8:32) and a late run decision to pick up the pace to MP during ... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:04:07 EST Today's Race - Mendon Mauler (8 mile) Back when the taper toward Buffalo Marathon was playing with my mind, I signed up for the Mendon Mauler. This is a trail race offered in nominal distances of 4, 8, or 12 miles. It is reputed to be a difficult event, with steep uphills and steep downhills. The route is organized in a loop, with the 4 mile runners doing 1 loop, 8 mile doing 2, and 12 mile doing 3. <BR> <BR> The race shirt is touted as being one of the more desired shirts. It's pretty enough, but it's 50% cotton so I can'... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 21:10:35 EST Yesterday's Race - McMullen Mile Yesterday evening I ran the McMullen Mile. This is a one mile race on the track at Nazareth College. It is run in heats, preferably of 20 or fewer runners per heat, with the heats seeded by gender and estimated time for completing a mile. There was a lot of buzz about maybe this year we would see someone break a 4 minute mile. <BR> <BR> I had never run a track race, and I had never trained for anything as short as a mile. It hardly seems worth the effort. So why enter? Because it's a R... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 17:08:32 EST Buffalo Marathon, Part 2 - Community Support A lot has been written about the Spark People community. In addition to the official bragging, many members have said that the community has helped them lose weight, get fit, start running, maintain weight, or meet various other goals. <BR> <BR> A community that supports your goals is a wonderful thing to have. It makes achieving the goals easier. It helps with getting back on track wyou you stray, as we all do. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I realized that I'm plugged in to a running community in... Mon, 25 May 2015 17:28:58 EST Race Report: 2015 Buffalo Marathon I didn't sleep well last night. <BR> <BR> Part of that may have been having some coffee later than I should have, but most of it was being keyed up in anticipation of my first marathon. Yeah, I was in a hotel room instead of my own bed; I don't think having the marathon close enough to stay at home would have made much difference. <BR> <BR> Got up at 4 AM. Did as much of my morning routine before a long run as I could, given that I was in a hotel room instead of at home. So, no pull ups ... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:16:00 EST Racing on the road, figuratively as well as literally Every road race I've run has been local, in the sense they have been close enough for me to sleep in my own bed and eat breakfast from my own kitchen. That changes tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Buffalo is close enough that I could drive there for a race that started at 9 AM or so, given good enough planning for traffic. But the Buffalo Marathon starts at 7 AM. Parking close to the start/finish will be impossible, and roads in that area will be totally closed by 6 AM. So, I'm sitting in a hotel roo... Sat, 23 May 2015 16:03:46 EST Taper Thursday Taper week is more than half done, and I'm surviving it. <BR> <BR> Today's schedule called for an easy 4 miles. Tuesday I ran my easy 4 at noon. Today, it was overcast but dry at noon. It's spring in Rochester, and it's not raining. Must be time to mow the lawn. <BR> <BR> So I got the lawn mowed on my lunch hour instead of running. That was good for about 3000 steps, and it removes the lawn from the worry list for the weekend. Then as fate would have it, late emails in the afternoon h... Thu, 21 May 2015 21:25:32 EST Tuesday Easy 4 and Taper Musings It's Tuesday, the day for my first of three easy 4 mile runs in taper week. Sunday, I thought that along about today the taper would be getting to me. Perhaps it is, but not in a huge, obvious way. <BR> <BR> It was about 70° when I went out to run at noon. Yes, at noon. Tuesday is a work at home day, and 4 miles is short enough to squeeze into a generous lunch hour. Worked at keeping it easy, but the pace crept up there for a 7:45 third mile. Still, I was able to slow down enough to g... Tue, 19 May 2015 21:10:17 EST Race Report: 2015 Lilac 10K The formal name of the race is the Highland Hospital Lilac 10K. It was held at 9:15 AM on the last day of the 10 day Lilac Festival at Highlands Park, Rochester, NY. <BR> <BR> The Lilac Festival is a big deal locally. I've lived in the area since 1991, and had never gone to a Lilac Festival. It has always been just a big traffic mess on my way home from the office, and I had no desire to dive into that crowd. <BR> <BR> The traffic is a lot easier to forgive, now that my office has moved ... Sun, 17 May 2015 19:40:33 EST