Monday, I ran 10.5 relaxed barefoot miles around my pond loop at a pleasant dry, sunny 37 degrees WITHOUT wind! Tuesday, it was the spin bike for 75 minutes, swimming a bit faster for 20 minutes, and a weight session at the gym in Sockwas. Boy, were my legs tired. I thought about running up until about 5:00 pm, then decided What I needed most was a hot bath. Today is Thursday and I am on the spin bike for 60 minutes, because I don't go run in the dark at 20 some degrees and we leave soon after sunrise to fly to Seattle to visit the newest grand babies, the twins born 3 months ago. But I have running clothes packed. Interesting intersection between my running and my Chnese language studies on Monday. A tutoring company found my blog funlearningchinese.com and contacted me about mentioning their service. One thing led to another, and they asked if I would like a free trial lesson so I could write a review, so I said, "sure!" When the rep called to set things up, we spoke some in Chinese and she asked what subject I would like to learn vocabulary in. After looking at other notes from lessons with my tutor, I decided on "exercise." This led to talking about running and my mentioning I had run 10.5 miles that day. The young female rep commented that I would probably want to run a marathon some day, to which I could reply that I already had. She immediately asked what my time was, which I answered with the stat of 4 hours 45 minutes. She said, "that is fast!, to which I obviously responded, "no, not a really." A little further on in the conversation she also found our I am an almost 55 year old grandma. She was struggling just a little to form an English sentence at this point, but finally told me,"The reason I say that is fast is because I have run a marathon and it took me 5.5 hours! You shock me!" She clearly wanted to stay on the line and talk more, but it was a business call from China, so we finally says goodbye. She is going to try to get permission to be at the first part of the virtual lesson, though, " to meet me."