On the running front Kathleen and I have both been running well lately; she has her sights set on qualifying for Boston hopefully early next year. My own goals are not quite as lofty: it would be great to stay healthy for a while and hopefully improve the speed a little bit, trying to get back to around 21+ minutes for a 5K. I know that won't be easy and that I would have to lose quite a bit of weight to get there. Will have to see about that.
The weather has been exceptionally nice so far this spring and Kath and I have been able to increase our weekly mileage quite a bit; my last two weeks have been over 40 miles with just a couple of warning signals. A bit of tightness in the calves possibly caused by one too many runs in the Vibrams, and a little discomfort in the left knee. We'll take it easy next week.
We've had a lot of fun participating in the weekly Tour de Bayou runs presented by HARRA, every Thursday in April. So far we've completed cross-country races (about 3 to 4 miles with approximately 150 to just over 200 runners) at Spotts Park, White Oak Bayou, alongside Buffalo Bayou at Memorial & Waugh and last Thursday along the Ho Chi Minh trail in Memorial Park. Practically all of the city's hard core racers show up so it is a tough environment to do well. Fortunately the results are age-graded so we are both hoping for a decent showing once the results are tabulated.
It has not been all running all the time though. I've been doing quite a bit of cooking, baking bread again (not a good thing for the weight loss program...) and trying several new recipes. A couple of weeks ago I tried my hand at a Houston Striders chili cookoff, but alas the chili was not up to scratch. The consistency was more like a sloppy Joe than a real chili. As a result, there's plenty of Bert's 'non-award winning chili' in the freezer - as soon as we've worked our way through it, I will start investigating some new recipes.
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