8 easy miles around the park on a warm cloudy misty day. A relaxing run, something I needed and enjoyed. No racing this week and that feels good. So I guess this year’s racing season is over.
Wanted to recount an incident on the eve of the XC race. Got down to Bethlehem, PA Friday evening after a 6 hour drive and found the the hotel packed with runners in town for the race, and the front desk staffed by one person. So I waited along with the line behind me, tired and hungry, as the couple in front of me had some issues with their reservation. Then I remembered that I had left my phone which had my reservation number in the car. I apologized and told the couple behind me that I needed to get something from my car and that I’d be right back, asking to hold my place. They didn’t respond, and I quickly retrieved my phone from my car and came back to my original spot at the head of the line. The middle-aged couple behind me then said to me, “you know if you leave the line, you have to go to the back.” I thought they were joking, so I replied, “that must be a Pennsylvania rule.” They clearly were serious, as the women said to me, “that’s a rule you learn in kindergarten.” I was floored. Are you kidding me, it wasn’t like I had gone out and had a meal and come back or simply cut in front of them. I looked at the line of people behind me to see if they felt the same way, couldn’t tell. I didn’t want to get into a debate with this couple, so just had to turn back around and shake my head at the lack of civility or understanding. All I could think of was “kindergarten.”