Today is Wednesday, and it's significant.
Because it's humpday? No. Because I have morning duty at work? Pfft, no. Because, tonight, is my running group, iRUN's, evening run? Ok, yeah, but there's another reason. I'll tell you why: because the NFL season begins tonight. How is this significant, you may be asking right about now.
Let me begin, at the risk of alienating many of you out there, by saying that I strongly dislike the Cowboys. Strongly. When they play, it's always A.B.C. (Anybody But the Cowboys). Them's fighting words down here in the RGV, but it had to be said.
But I digress. Several seasons ago I realized that the best day and time to do my long runs (and not worry about traffic) was when the Cowboys were playing. Everybody is watching them play at home or at a bar. Everybody.
For those 3 hours or so, I can afford to cross the street at any point other than an intersection, and I don't have to worry about those annoying honks (unless they're friends honking to say hi). Added bonus: no traffic means I can run without inhaling exhaust fumes.
Football season couldn't begin a moment too soon - my Sunday runs are about to get long - just in time for my next ultra: Cactus Rose.
For the next 5 months or so, I will be rooting for "America's Team" to play...not win, just play. If they lose, it'll be icing on my ultra running cake.
While you're watching the game for 3 hours, I'll be running for those same 3 hours.
Let's just hope Cowpoke fans don't drown their sorrows of defeat in alcohol and then have to drive home on the same streets I'm running.