After 25 years of running I can say definitively that today’s run was the most unpleasant ever. I got caught in a violent hailstorm with no shirt (it was 79° F when I left home). After 10-15 minutes of pelting I was able to find shelter. I stood soaking wet in the howling wind for 20 minutes with my skin stinging and my scalp aching. Once the hail let up I ran home on sidewalks flooded with shin deep frigid water. I couldn’t feel my feet for the last mile. I’m bruised all over and my skin is still tingling hours later.

When I moved into this house 3 years ago I bought a vent to install in the bathroom ceiling. I installed it today. I guess it was hard to find the right combination of motivation, free time, and appropriate attic weather (we only have 2 seasons: summer/winter).

Cold, rainy, muddy: my perfect race weather. 2018 Quad Rock 50 mile race done and dusted. My 9h28m finish was 2 hours faster than I’ve ever run this race before, and, realistically, as good as I could hope on a course with over 2 miles cumulative vertical ascent/descent.