Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Murphy's Law of Three - Martha

So being a great believer in Murphy's Laws, I couldn't help but offer my own contribution to the list today. I have noticed that whenever I am running on the street and two cars approach from opposite directions, INVARIABLY, we will all be lined up directly next to each other no matter how fast or slow any of the three of us are going. Doesn't this defy some law of physics?! And, without fail as well, it is always on the narrowest part of the road. Thanks to our icy snowstorm last week, Heidi and I were forced to take to the streets, literally, for our weekend run. As if training for this thing isn't already hard enough, we realized that we had been totally spoiled running on our dry December and January streets.

Then came our big Valentine Nor'easter reality check!! Needham being Needham offered totally obstructed sidewalks filled with either mounds of ice blocks from the plows or smooth sheets of sneaky black ice. I felt badly for those who do not or cannot drive and must rely on smooth walkways to get them to work or stores. At least I could have chosen to stay in bed. But we picked our steps gingerly and wisely and thankfully survived another long run intact. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a midweek thaw and the thought of March just around the corner. And to think I thought the rain in the fall was a reason not to run!


Anonymous said...

It's great to see that the two of you are having so much fun preparing for the marathon, good luck on Patriot's Day!

Stephanie said...

I'm willing the sidewalks to melt quickly for you and Heidi...I know first-hand how tough it is to dodge cars and ice "boulders!" Great to run with you at track briefly last week!