Starting The New Year Off Right (Almost)

20140101-192327.jpg

Want to know a killer way to wake up your sleepy self on New Years Day? Run a race. When it’s cold. Damn cold. Like, 15 degrees with a wind chill.

Welcome to the Northeast.

I ran my first race this morning. It was the annual Freezer Run put on by the Central Mass Striders. It’s a really simple course, down the street from the school where it starts, under 190, past the Sterling Airport, up around a hook in the street and back the way you came.

I finished around 49:15. That’s unofficial, since the formal race results haven’t been posted yet. But that’s the time I saw when I crossed the line, which puts my pace around 9:11-ish. For my first race, I’m extremely pleased.

Some of the highlights of the race include a guy running with two large US flags and a tri-corner hat, donuts as the post-race refreshment, a single prop plane landing one hundred feet from the road, another single prop taking up a glider, a really terrible selfie (at the request of my wife), and finishing.

Enjoy some pictures below.

20140101-194045.jpg

20140101-194059.jpg

20140101-194108.jpg

The Almost part of the title of this post refers to the fact that, as of about 2PM today, I have a whole circuit upstairs that is no longer working. My wife plugged in a vacuum, turned it on, poof! No power. Not only no power, the circuit was still on, never tripped.

So I’m off to Lowes first thing tomorrow to buy a new ground fault interrupter and install it. The one the vacuum was plugged into has been running hot recently. Hopefully that solves the problem, and that I don’t kill myself replacing it. Otherwise, Day Two of the new year will be spent calling electricians.

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Starting The New Year Off Right (Almost)

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: