Or something like that.
I'm still a little out of it after my
midlife crisis birthday ritual of getting a tattoo, buying a red Porsche and cavorting with hookers sobbing uncontrollably under the covers all day.
But seriously, my wife came up with the perfect thing to say to snap me out of the birthday funk: "You're in a new age group now!"
Indeed, that's something to look forward to. Though, it must be noted, there are some speedy 50-something men on the Sacramento running scene.
Still, it does give a sluggo like me hope that age-group placing might be in my future if the ol' body doesn't break down. For instance, at Sunday's Shamrock'n Half Marthon, I ran a P.R. by 2 1/2 minutes (1:22:56) yet finished out of contention among 40-49 year olds. Ah, but if the race were held a day later, I would've finished second in the 50-59 age group.
So there is some benefit to growing old. (I'm still too young, alas, for the senior discount at movie theaters, but -- and this really stung -- the AARP sent me an unsolicited membership card in the mail , pending my act of writing them a check. That ain't gonna happen.)
Moving on ...
How was your Shamrock'n experience?
I've heard two, uh, streams of dialogue from readers about the bathroom situation at the race, held at Raley Field.
1. People loved the fact that there were REAL bathrooms with plenty of stalls inside the stadium to use prior to the start.
2. People ranted because the lines were pretty long for the two bathrooms at Raley Field, and they almost missed the race's start. They wanted additional port-a-potties outside the stadium as a safety valve.
And for those who missed Bee sportswriter John Schumacher's fine race recap of Saturday's Way Too Cool 50K, here's a link to it.