Anyone can run a mile

And I believe my title even more after this morning. My wife, who had never ran more than three quarters of a mile without stopping, didn't finish last as she had feared, and ran the Academy Mile in 10:36. In the brief training for this race, she had been doing between a quarter and half mile in about a 12-minute pace. A fellow co-worker of mine who smokes and showed up his roommate by actually getting up and going to this race, finished with his girlfriend in 10:32. (His roommate, also a co-worker, didn't show up because, as he said yesterday, it was a rare chance to sleep in.) And another co-worker of mine, who runs quite often but often says she's so slow, finished in 8:18.

Like my title says, anyone can run a mile ... unless you choose not to.

I finished in a time of 6:26, 45 seconds faster than last year. If my abs weren't sore from yesterday's workout, I probably could've been a little faster. The weather was absolutely perfect. Temps in the low to mid-70s, cloudy skies and a light breeze -- I questioned whether today was actually July 4.

Happy Fourth everybody!