Regardless of where you live, you've seen people out running in your travels - no matter what the conditions are outside. Maybe you're one of those people who will go out for a run whether it's 90 degrees or somewhere below freezing.
If that's the case, good for you. I probably saw you and your friends running off into the distance in front of me during the YMCA Battle of the Businesses 2-mile run last weekend. I was one of the guys trying not to stop on the side of the road to throw up. Fortunately, I succeeded, but that was about all I accomplished.
The thought of competing in the run didn't help me get out of bed that morning, so I was nearly late to the start line, running just to get there on time. It wasn't a particularly fun way to start the race, but it was totally my fault, and when I felt like collapsing near the end of the race, I knew who to blame.
In high school and college, I ran cross country. When I graduated, I stopped. A few years ago, a 2-mile run would've been a breeze. Last weekend, it felt like one of the most exhausting things I had ever done.
A teammate from college asked if I wanted to compete in the Lucy Town Half Marathon with her. I gave her a "maybe," but I'm thinking the 5k would be a little more my speed. Even in the shorter race, I'm sure I would embarrass myself - just like I did last weekend.
Columbus Day Weekend, when the races take place, is unfortunately just a few weeks out. If I go through with it, I'll be woefully unprepared.
If you're interested in competing, the 5k run/walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m., and the half marathon will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m. According to lucyrace.com, registration will be accepted until the day of each race. The USATF-certified course begins and ends in Jamestown. The weekend has a full schedule of events - including a Saturday night Martin Short performance at Reg Lenna Civic Center.
If you choose to run, you might see me out there. For me, at least, I know it won't be pretty, but I'm sure it will be a fun event to experience.