This is Stefano's race, from Run With The Black Knight, and wearing black was required. So I donned my long sleeved black shirt for Battle. I don't know how some of you can take a full picture of yourself, after several tries, this was my best effort, and my face isn't even showing.
This is the farthest I've run since healing Hammy, it was going to be an Epic Battle between the two of us, to see if it would let me do the distance. It was a cloudy morning, but as I set out, the sun broke through the clouds, the sky was blue, and the Game was on.
I turned on my ipod, and listened to an odd mix of Erasure, Amy Winehouse, and the Dixie Chicks, as I navigated through the paved trails of my neighborhood. Chaos almost erupted, when a large stretch of the path was torn up, and being repaved, but my quick thinking allowed me to just back up, and go in a different direction.
I did have a moment of pain, when my foot brushed my newly inked ankle, but it was no match for my determination.
I was at mile 5.20, when Hammy asked me "What do you think you're doing?" I slowed a bit, then responded with a laugh, "Winning!"
Before I knew it, The Battle was complete, and I ran up my driveway, Victorious!!!!
The technical results of The Battle:
And since Stefano seems to receive wine at every race he participates in, I thought this made appropriate race swag:
The Battle was won.
Take that Hammy.