Counting my fleet feet blessings

by david on July 28, 2013

I survived the Blessing of the Fleet 10-Miler in Narragansett, RI, and witnessed an awesome rainbow over the ocean at the finish line. It rained pre-race, stopped for the race, and sprinkled after the race, while we were trying to “recover” in the seafood festival beer garden. Safe to say we recovered but were still wet. Fortunately, I had a change of clothes for the drive home.

My running mate, Michelle Bolduc, is one of the Connecticut Running Chicks from my pre-Facebook running blog world. We meet up for this race on an annual basis. Our only other – and first – race together was the 2006 Marine Corps Marathon in DC. She smoked me then and smoked me Friday night. I tooled around the ‘Gansett ocean-side and wooded loop course in 1:45, a scant five minutes slower than last year. I attribute the slowness to age and humidity.

Even more curious this year was that at Mile 6 I heard a woman chatting with another person and the word “Florida” popped out of her mouth. I turned and saw she had a Track Shack shirt on so we ran together until the finish. She lives in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando. I tried to convince her to join us on Sunday mornings. We’ll see……

Next up for me will be the John and Jesse Kelly Ocean Beach 11.6-Mile Race on Saturday in New London.

I can report I already have a northern sun reddish brown tan from a great day at the beach yesterday. The nearly routine indulgence characteristic of this annual vacation resumed with my visit to the Weekapaug Innlet to open our charge and order up a couple of stacked-high sandwiches with drinks. Some good things don’t change so much. Ann and her young crew are still there serving up good chow and smiles to every summertime resident that comes in.

Hurricane Sandy did some serious damage across the pond from my dad’s house. The dunes are much lower, the beach sand washed all the way into the pond, and we can see Block Island clearly from the first floor  of the house. If another big one comes again in the next couple of years, the beach could be breached again and we’ll be practically oceanfront. Tides are much higher now with the boathouse dock awash at high tide. Not so good.