I made the trip up to DC to be a part of President Barack Obama's inauguration. It felt really good to be a part of the throngs of folks celebrating our new president. Even though it was cold and we were on our feet a long time, it felt like everybody was happy to be on the National Mall. I felt like I was a tiny part of history being there.
I left Durham at 2AM to attend the ceremonies and drove into a decent amount of falling snow. It got a bit scary, but I lowered my speed and drove conservatively. Fortunately I only had to spend about an hour in the snow, but believe me that was enough.
Speaking of snow, I'm always looking for good deals, so I was shopping at one of the local thrift stores - Rescued Treasures from the Durham Rescue Mission. A couple of years ago, I picked up a brand new pair of Yaktrax Pros, for something like 2 bucks. We hadn't had any decent snow since then so I was anxious to go for a run. Those things worked pretty good. They are fairly light and I felt sure-footed on the trail.
I got in a 4 hour run last Sat with some friends from our running club. My car read 11 degrees when I parked so it was really cold. Unbelievable, but there were, I think 6 of us that started and 3 did the whole 4 hours. I think this will be my longest run and now I think I'll start tapering for the Holiday Lake race. Normally I do a 3 week taper, but I feel kinda beat up, so I think I'll try out a 4 week taper. Hopefully I don't get too stale before the race.
That's about it for now. I think I'll get King and walk off some of my dinner.