Spring sports, winter weather

Published on 28 February 2010
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No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."

  • Hal Borland

It's that time of year when my family's calendar gets ahead the climate. Luke has been at sub-freezing soccer for weeks now with NASA and Crown, but his first "spring" tournament (the RYSA Spring Kickoff Classic, a blustery affair) made it all the more real. Lydia and I joined the soccer fray with our first team practice last night. And I continued my new tradition of frigid races today by running the Guns & Hoses 5K: a benefit sponsored by the Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency, the Cherokee County Fire Department (hoses) and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office (guns). The 27 degree temps and 17 degree wind chill slowed me below my goal pace, but I did end up with a second place age group finish. It was a well-organized race with about 400 runners (more than expected), and one that I'll look for again next year.

I'll settle down for some more Winter Olympics viewing, to warm up after the soccer games and remind myself that it is still winter. And I'll patiently accept that bout of snow and freezing rain predicted for early next week. But it's getting time: out with the cold, in with the new!