On Sunday, I finished my third Shamrock Shuffle 8k in three years. The 2004 Shuffle was my very first running race ever, and this year was as fun as ever. There’s just something about seeing downtown streets saturated with 25,000 runners that is very exciting. And I may be getting older, but I’m still getting faster. My official time this year was 49:02, a pace of 9:51. Every year my pace seems to be getting faster by about 15 to 20 seconds, however my legs were extremely tired this year. They’re still recovering two days later. This race marks the start of the running season, and the weather is finally doing its job to mark the start of spring. I can’t wait to start running outside again.