Unfortunately, this Sunday's race did not happen for me. I lost my cell phone on Friday, and since I was on call Sunday, I didn't feel comfortable being without a phone for so long. It would have taken a few hours to drive to the race, register, run the race, and drive back.
Of course in the end, I stayed home and didn't get paged once. But on the bright side, I "missed" running in this weather:
(Can you believe that 3,647 people finished the race in that weather?)
Whenever there's a big rainstorm, my landline seems to go out for 24 hours. (I report it, and then when it comes back, Verizon leaves me a message on my machine that the line is fine, and that it must be my fault. I hate them!) Anyway, with this rainstorm my phone was out from Saturday to Sunday. Even though I wasn't on call Saturday, I still got a patient overnight. My pager went off after midnight, when I was already in bed. Normally, that's not a problem. I just flip on the light, and dial from the phone right next to my bed. This time, I had to get out of bed, put on shoes and and a jacket, go outside and drive to a nearby gas station. I went to the payphone - in the still pouring rain - and it was just as dead my own phone! Fortunately, the guy behind the counter in the store let me use his cellphone. The first thing the resident said was "Sorry to bother you..." I don't think he realized how much of a bother it actually was!
Anyway, I still haven't found my cell phone, and I'm slowly coming to grips that I have to buy a new one. I just hate the whole 2 year commitment thing. (That's longer than some marriages!) I've been thinking of switching to Sprint. I keep getting wooed by all the fancy features. In the end I'll probably use none of them, but I think bluetooth and a camera would come in handy. The fact that I have to take my cell phone with me when I run, holds me back from getting something really cool like a Treo 650.
Oh, and for the record, I did go out and run those 4 miles yesterday. On the way out of the hospital one of the residents said she was going for a run. I was actually tired, but she inspired me, and I went out for a quick run before it got dark. It was a pretty good run actually.
The cycling and the swimming seem to have fallen by the wayside. I probably wouldn't care at all had I not spent the money on gym membership. Maybe I'll make my way over there again one of these days.