Pre-disclaimer: “goad” is not a typo, but an inside joke. As in “Mommy, who is goad?”
Let me start off with a short disclaimer: Yes I know that the west coast has an earthquake every 20 minutes and most of you sleep through them unless they are 7.0 or above on the handy Richter scale. I also know some of you up north and down south on the east coast felt “something”. For those of us that have never experienced an earthquake, and were in the greater VA, DC, MD area, it was definitely something.
Tuesday August 23rd @ 1:51 pm
Like most people I believe the first thought was a low flying plane, somebody moving something heavy or somebody just dropped something. Then it became more noticeable when bigger objects like cabinets and desks started to shake. I believe the quote from where I work was “we have to get out of this decrepit piece of S*** building”. Which is what we did. Apparently you should stay where you are and get under a desk. Let me say that my building is old, and half of it already burned down (true). I am not hanging around waiting to see if the building is going to collapse. I will trust my not so nimble, not so cat like reflexes to get me out safe.
-I think the people I was around were pretty calm. Surprised but calm.
-I know my biggest concern was for my family. Once we were in contact with each other, it didn’t seem like such a big deal. Of course getting in contact took a little time. Texting and Facebook were more reliable than cell service.
-My 7 year old asked if we had the earthquake at our work too. (aww.. cute)
-The 40+ year old who drove the school bus asked a gathered crowd of parents if we knew there was an earthquake “at school”. (not cute and a little scary)
Of course none of this has anything to do with running. Considering this is my blog and only three people read it and possibly only 1 runner, I think I can post pretty much what I like. But in an attempt to tie it together, I have a second act of god.
She is supposed to come through the Maryland area on Sunday morning. That would be the same time as the Annapolis 10 Miler (or the A10). A note on the website says: “No, a hurricane will not cancel the race. We will run, rain or shine.”
I hope it is a tail wind. I am sure that some people, who take everything literally, will contact them about race safety….I know they will use good judgement to decide whether or not to hold the race. I imagine if people and trees are blowing around they might cancel.
Assuming the race goes on (my prediction is that the storm turns east and we just get wet), it should be interesting. I will consider it a good day if I meet the 12:00 min/mile pace that is the minimum to receive the race premium.