It’s a hectic September weekend. At 7:25 a.m., I arrived at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna to warm up for their annual 5K race.
The OLGC 5K is the first half of the local “Catholic Classic,” which also includes the Paul VI Catholic High School 5K in Fairfax City tomorrow morning. Is there a prize if you’re the only Protestant to complete both?
Anyway, it was a good morning run. The course zig-zagged through the eastern end of the Town, then came back on the W&OD trail. Due to a mistake, the lead runners covered the first half-mile twice (then had to slalom through the walkers). So my time was not especially impressive, but it was a great day nonetheless.
Then this afternoon I took the family for a drive in the country. Specifically, we drove down Rte 29 to Warrenton, then took 211 straight west to Rappahannock County for a Democratic rally for Delegate candidate John Lesinski.
John is a Marine Corps Colonel (retired) and local businessman running for a House seat in the Valley. He had an old-fashioned banjo-picking speech-making Democratic rally at “The Link” in Sperryville, right at the foot of the Blue Ridge.
I spoke on behalf of the Deeds campaign and myself. My theme was promoting policies that unify the Commonwealth both economically and geographically. It was great to see a lot of old friends from the north end of the Valley, i.e. Page, Shenandoah, Rappahannock, Madison and Warren Counties. Don’t forget about rural Democrats.
Got back around 5 pm, just in time to see the wild finish at Lane Stadium for the Tech-Nebraska game. Unbelievable game. Then swung by Paul VI High School to stop in at their pre-race spaghetti dinner.
(postscript from Sunday)
Ran the Paul VI 5K this morning. Loved the “VI Man” band! Lot of friends there. A good race through my own neighborhood of “The Triangle” of Fairfax City. My time was 22:25, which is fine for me. My legs are still sore from yesterday.
Leaving for FedEx in a few minutes with my Dad for the big game.