You people made me cry.
I know we all look out for each other. When your donations to the Angel Fund kept coming in, I spent a good amount of time thinking about the spirit of generosity in this club. You guys all seem to be looking out not only for one another, but also for people who may be hurting that you’ve never met. Not just with my fundraiser. I see you out and about, helping in the community. Making small, but meaningful donations of time and effort to help out anyone and everyone. You know who you are. You don’t do it for recognition. You do it to help. I started to tear up a little and it gave me hope. (As I write this, I keep seeing my email light up with more donations piling in. You’ve pushed us to the Number One Individual Fundraiser. Pure awesomeness)
So I wondered how I could ever pay that back to you. In what way could I put myself out there and affect you the way you affected me? Inspiration struck in the middle of the night. If you guys can do these wonderful things and make me cry, well I’m for sure going to try to make you cry right back.
Which brings me to this week’s theme, or challenge. What’s the biggest hill you can run? If you don’t have anything better to do tomorrow, maybe go run this beautiful course around Holly Effing Ridge, and then Coventry Lane. I know these hills make me cry.
If you really want to cry, make a loop around Bear Hill Road when you’re coming back up Dale Street.
I’ve heard from RWOB Brian Howard, and he is looking to accomplish more borders. He has Boxford, and is LFE (Looking for Escort. No, not THAT kind of escort) Any takers?
Also, a great way to grow the club is to help any of your lockdown cellmates who happen to be runners. Sometimes THEY want to be a part of something bigger, too. I know Tara is keeping track of her husband’s borders. More people could follow this idea. Or is that just a “newlywed” kind of thing?
We should be once again running in pairs or trios (appropriately distanced), with members STILL escorting RWOBs to the borders. If you have an RWOB friend who needs a border, I think it’s time to pursue it. Over the years, we have had people run borders without the rest of the club, in small undercover groups, clandestine in the night, secretive in their quest to join the storied BRC. Or, you know, whenever was convenient during the week because you had to take the kids to soccer every Saturday at 8:00. Now it’s time to put that chicanery to good use. I know we’ve got at least one new RWOB on the mailing list entry starting today.
But what do I do if I don’t have a pet RWOB? Well, we could set up a matchmaking service. If you are a member who is available to be an escort, or if you are RWOB and would like to get a border or two, drop me a line, and I’ll try to find you a safe running partner. Remember the goal is to run together, maybe learn about someone new, and have a good time. (It should be done at the slower runner’s pace.)
Tri to Look Ahead to Better Times
That’s no typo… it’s a sprint! That’s right, the BRC Triathlon is being put on the books. Tentatively. Race Director Aaron Preston has set his sights on Saturday, July 18th, global shutdown permitting. Maybe it’s time to get your bike in shape. What else you gonna do? Eat more donuts?
Here’s a decent resource for things to do, and not to do while running in the time of the Covid-19. https://www.roadrunnersports.com/blog/running-in-the-time-of-the-coronavirus
It would be nice if “the club” maintained our continuity. If a small group runs (appropriately spread out) from the Common at 6:45, it is still a BRC run. It would be nice if our Saturday club run didn’t go completely virtual. If someone is still planning to run from the Common at 0645, let me know so we have it covered.
Note that some items on this list have been modified.