Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Midsummer Nigh'st Run

The Hunky Brothers

Later that night the 21st annual Midsummer Night's Run was held in downtown Lexington. I could not believe my luck! First the Woodland Art Fair and now the biggest 5K race in Lexington. It is unusual to hold the race in the evening. It makes for a wonderful change to run down the streets in the dark.

I called Omega to find out if they were going. I have no idea why she has a cell phone, because I can never get her to answer it! So, I donned my running shorts, tied up my running shoes, slipped on my knee brace and I ready.

My mother took one look at the knee brace and handed me a bottle of.......gasp....Aspercreme!

"Aspercreme is your friend"...."Aspercreme is my new found Best Friend". Why has no one ever told me of this miraculous invention? I slathered it on and I was off.

A good estimate of the runners gathering in downtown would be around 5,000. My sister Omega's husband would be running, as he does every year. It is his only race and he trains for it. His brothers run it with him,along with their children in strollers or on foot, and an assortment of in-laws, which includes me! I began wandering around searching and thinking, "Now if I were the Hunky Brothers...where would I be?" Outside the Blue Martini Bar, naturally! But, I could not find them.(Yes, they were there! On the other side!)

I ambled up to the front of the crowd and just waited. I knew sooner or later I would catch sight of one of them, as one BIL is about 6-3. Finally success!!! There they are, hunky as ever.

It was a charmed day, nothing could go wrong. I knew I would find them.

The day had been a cruel 96 degrees, but as the evening rolled in, so did a temperature drop. So, I ran the first mile. Bad idea! Even though the temps were down, the humidy was a killer! I walked the last 2+ miles.

Afterwards I went over to one of the hunky brothers homes where my Phone averse sister was parked by the swimming pool. It was a nice time.

When I went home to Mom's house, I could not fall asleep. I had been up for almost 21 hours and still I was not one bit sleepy. The day had been so wonderful. Filled with family, friends and peaches. I was buzzing from the excitement that accompanies a race. I was happy to with Mom and Dad.

When a day is that perfect, it is sad to bring down the curtain.

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