Saturday, March 28, 2009

Race #4 in the Locorunning “Will Run For Beer” Series)

These are photos I took at the 2009 April Fool's Race in Salisbury, MA:



This race is part of the "Will Run for Beer" race series hosted by Locorunning.

A terrific race! It was my second race after recovering from a back injury that made it very painful for me to walk for more than a month, and my goal was just to run and not get hurt. When I crossed the finish line without limping, I felt like the Winner!

Many thanks to Locorunning and to the Winners Circle Running Club for putting on this great race.

I love this race because it is a pure out-and-back: you run two miles to a small rotary (what people outside of Massachusetts call a traffic circle); then run around it and run back along the same route. This means that you get to see all of your friends during the race, whether they are ahead of you or behind. I carried a small camera and took pictures as I ran, and tried in this album to give you a "Runners-eye" view of experience.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 April Fools Race in Salisbury, MA:



Sunday, March 22, 2009

These are photos I took at the 2009 An Ras Mor 5K in Cambridge, MA:



Early in February I suffered a back injury, which made it impossible for me to walk. For a number of weeks, I could not take more than a few, very slow, very painful steps. Ten days ago I was finally able to walk, so I put on my running shoes and went for a short run. Maybe a third of a mile--but it was a start.

Since then I've built up my distance to 3 miles...but that was on the very forgiving surface of a dirt trail. I'm hoping I can run that far today on the hard asphalt of city streets. But I don't want to re-injure my back, so if this doesn't feel right I'll just step over to the curb and take a bus back to the start line.

I'm carrying a small camera as I run, and I take lots of pictures during the race.




(Yes, I take photos as I run. I don't stop or slow down. After all, I'm in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 An Ras Mor 5K in Cambridge, MA:


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