Tuesday, July 4

Firecracker 5K

It was hotter than the firecracker it was named for. Nevertheless, more than 1300 people turned out early this morning for this annual 4th of July run at the Brentwood YMCA here in Middle Tennessee. Between the high humidity and the long delay at the start, the morning was not looking too promising at first--but once things got going, the fun really began. I was slow and sluggish, but no matter. I just love the atmosphere of a race. I love getting together friends that I might not ever have the opportunity to know otherwise. I love the comraderie. I love the charged atmosphere. I love the encouragement that seems to be the common currency of all runners. What a great way to start the 4th.