Sunday, April 13, 2008

Off The Grid

I had my first DNS of the year today. The Mt. Si 50 miler was paid for, but it just didn't sound or feel right, so I bailed. Too easy, and too necessary, to just hang out and home and do the 50 other things I have to do, like my income taxes for instance. I don't think I can run faster than Uncle Sam, and I am not starting that race. Then there's class prep--I'm teaching immigration law and policy at Western this spring for the first time, and as cool as that is, I am finding the class requires a fair amount of my weekend time to prep. Students have questions! Who would've thought? Then there's the other home stuff, like yard, laundry, plants, etc. Plus, Skagit is awesome right now, with the Tulp Festival going on, and I was at the County Caucus on Saturday. Excuses, excuses, excuses. It just feels good to blow off a race, after paying for it. Sort of like a sick day, where you know you could've went in if you had to. I've done four ultras and 2 half marathons since the start of the year, and I don't want to burn out before summer comes. Wasatch continues to be the goal. Driving to North Bend on Sunday at 4 AM would be ok, but for all of the above stuff. Plus I watched this great movie about Donkey Kong last night, and that kept me up. Running is all about fun, finding myself, enjoying my surroundings--it's my leisure, not my job. I'm cool with the DNS and I'm going to eat some potato chips today too. Eugene is next.

1 comment:

shawn said...

Love the blog Scotty. Thanks for the first unapoleticic DNS post I've ever seen. I bet you're a very entertaining college prof. If you ever teach a class in the Seattle area I would like to survey that class.

Plants? At my house, "plants" don't get their own maintenance program...they either take the rain when it comes, else they die. Survival of the fittest at its best.

Anyway, what kind of chips do you have? I'm currently finishing off a bag of Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream. Goes well with coffee.