Big relief. My naturalization application was approved on July 1 and I will become an American citizen on 25 July. Very excited about the prospect of being able to vote and to travel on a
Running has been going great; two more weeks of back to back 40+ miles: 46.5 miles for the week ending on June 28 and 44.5 miles for the week ending on July 5. First double digit run in many weeks on June 28 – a very enjoyable 10 miles at pace with Steve, Mark and Anne at
Kathleen and I ran our first 5k race in years (I can’t even remember the last time!) on July 4th. A time of got me into the top 5 of my age group, but no cigar. I made several dumb ‘rookie’ errors, starting much too far back, and running with a shirt in my left hand and a water bottle in my right. Won’t do that again. Later that day – after some veggie hot dogs - we put up our first-ever American flag. It felt good to see Old Glory fluttering over the front patio. It did scare the living daylights out of our Boxer puppy Daisy, though. Even after a couple of days, she still gives it a wide berth. Any abrupt movement brought on by a sudden gust of wind, and Daisy dives under the patio furniture. House-trained? Yes. Crate-trained? Absolutely. Leash-trained? Getting better. Flag-trained? Are you kidding me?