I kind of want to say that not a lot happened this week, except that everything happened this week. When I say "everything" I mean that out of nowhere vaccine eligibility in my state expanded to include healthy 45 year olds. That's all very fine and well, but we all know that being eligible is only step one. You still have to find an appointment and everyone is happy to tell you how hard it is and how messed up the system is. The standard advice is to sign up everywhere and keep checking.
Day one: I signed up everywhere. The process felt like a joke and I knew that I wasn't going to get an appointment anytime soon.
Day two: someone posted on Facebook that the health department had opened up a bunch of new slots and I went back into the rabbit hole. The health department was a bust but I saw an article that said that before 9 is the "hot" time to get an appointment at Walgreens. It was after 9 and to my knowledge there are no Walgreens near where I live but I typed "Walgreens covid" into the search bar just for grins. The website was predictably painful to navigate and with each keystroke I wondered why I was bothering. And then I hit herd immunity gold.
V Day #1 is 48 hours away and V Day #2 is on the calendar. This distance from home is less than an hour. I have no clue whether I'm getting Pfizer or Moderna and I absolutely do not care. Logically I knew that the vaccine would be "soon" since the target in my state for a while has been getting it open to everyone by May and lately the predictions have been that 90% of the eligible population will have access by August but never in a million years did I think that would translate into a needle going into my arm in the next few days.
Okey dokey, I guess I should talk about running, though forgive me since my mind is elsewhere. Here's what's going down:
Picking up from last week's tease, the Hilly 15k is now in the rear view mirror. Eh, I don't have much to say about it. I was expecting the hills but I was not expecting the wind. I let gravity and nature take their course and stayed in a pack of 10 like minded people.
This would be a fun race to revisit with some hill training;-)
Monday: first workday after the time change + post race = rest day.
Tuesday: 3.25 miles.
Wednesday: I did the thing that I never do, which is to run in the evening. Between the time change and an early meeting, there wasn't enough daylight to get a run in before work. Wednesday is usually a rest day anyway, so I didn't sweat it. I was able to finish up right on time and I was pretty ticked off due to an ongoing work situation so the second I stepped away from my desk I hit the streets for 4.25 pretty speedy miles.
Thursday: running in the rain is one of my favorite things. I stayed out a bit long and got myself caught in wet running clothes for the first meeting of the day. 4.5 miles plus brrr.
Saturday: Shamrock Shuffle day! As you may remember, race day lines up with spring break and our annual visit to my SIL in Chicago. At this point I am pretty much "done" with virtual racing but (1) I found out that if you run 4 years in a row you have a guaranteed entry into the Chicago Marathon and (2) it was quite cheap so why not.
I don't live in CHI but my town has a 5 mile race, so I helped myself to the course. I did a warmup mile from my front door to the starting line, and then set off. Afterwards I did a cool down jog back home so I got to both run the race AND get my long run of 7.25 miles total.
Sunday: offThat's all that I've got for this week!