SPOKANE — Call me, and a bunch of other folks, a late bloomer.
With the 35th Lilac Bloomsday Run this weekend, we’re about to reap what we’ve sown.
In a word, it isn’t much.
We’ve run out of time to prepare for the 10K event. Fair weather — and there has been none — athletes are cringing at the thought of what their final run time will be.
Excuses have blossomed on Facebook and between friends here in town. Mine is among the colorful explanations.
Please know I’ve made an attempt to face the blustery cold wind each morning, then turned my back to the flailing trees at the window and gone back to bed — with guilt. Then last weekend, my daughter, Tiffany, and I attempted to get in shape. After a day of finishing course after course at Spokane restaurants, we’ll most likely be bringing up the rear — including our own.
To be honest, the worry about the official recorded race time stems from where it’ll position us for next year’s race. In the 2010 Bloomsday, we were with the Lilac Group where we dodged strolling couples breathing in the fragrance of spring love. That placement was based on the year before when Tiffany and I, thoroughly hydrated, spent most of our minutes in the port-a-potty line.
But this year everything may be coming up roses if we can persevere. We’re in the Blue Group — one step ahead of the Lilacs. And even if I’m only a budding competitor, there’s still a sprig of hope.
The subject came up on the telephone just the other day.
“Tiffany,” I said as we discussed our lack of preparation for the race, “Let’s still try to have a really good time.”
Her voice brightened with enthusiasm, “Oh yes! We can get a Starbucks coffee and take pictures with the bands along the route. Maybe even stop for ice cream sandwiches at the top of Doomsday Hill!”
I paused. Weren’t we talking about our documented run time?
To avoid confusion, we need to pick my definition of a “good time” or else on race day we’ll be “late bloomers” again for sure.