My birthday run was fantastic and a great success! It was perfect weather with just enough of a wind to get some beautiful waves without being nasty to run into. I had a great time hanging out with everyone afterward, too.
So I think I've decided to buy myself some Vibrams for a birthday/Christmas present. I've been going back and forth for a while but I finally went down to Trailfitters and tried a pair on. Man, are they comfortable! I was sure that having toe pockets would drive me crazy but they're super comfortable and I loved having them on. The things I read about them make sense - that lots of runners can benefit from allowing the foot and ankle muscles to get back the strength they should have. But then there's how my leg feel sore and achy at the end of my shoe's life - today was the first day in new shoes and the new cushion felt so good! I figure if they don't work out for running, though, then they'll be great for kayaking and hiking and other things so I think I'm sold on them. My other big reservation about them is how I'm not sure I'll have the time this spring to properly break them in - you have to go slow so you don't injure things.
So hopefully my last race of the year will be this Saturday - the Bridge to Peace 5K. I really wanted to do this race last year and I can't remember why I missed it. It supports a cause I love - the Central Asia Institute and I'd like to have one last race for the year, even if I'm not in stellar shape. I work at noon on Saturday so I should have time to race at 9. I'm thinking tights are a good idea :)