Okay...the Wendy's Kids Half Marathon is behind me (thankfully) and I'll now just move on - physically and mentally - to the next one on the calendar. It's in Manchester Center, Vermont but before I get there I have a couple of days to chill out in North Adams, MA.
I picked North Adams purely randomly. I didn't want to head directly to Manchester Center. But I didn't want to spend every night in a different hotel, carousing around the countryside, either. So, relying on some distant memories of the western side of the state of Massachusetts, I settled on North Adams as a place to "park" for a couple of days. As I said. Purely a random decision.
It's a pretty town, tucked in among the Berkshires. And the Holiday Inn where I'm staying is quite nice. I'm on the top floor with a wonderful view out the window toward the west. There's a Subway and a Dunkin' Donuts within easy walking distance, and in between those two places, a reasonable selection of other dining choices.
Today, a couple of friends from the MTF came over to have lunch. One of them lives in NH, the other in central MA. One came by truck, to deliver a large tote filled with books from our now-defunct MTF library, the other came on his brand-new BMW GTL. We had a hot dog and some onion rings at an institution in town called Jack's Hot Dog Stand, and then hung out and chatted a bit before they both took off toward home. I suspect the one friend on the BMW went home the very long way. I'll see the other friend again next weekend in Manchester Center, VT, since I've called a RTE for after the race on Saturday.
So, until then...I think I'll just take it easy, hang out here a day or two, maybe put my running shoes on for a short easy recovery run, then head up to VT and hang out there for a few days until the race.