I think I may have become slightly delusional this morning after seeing the temperature in El Paso was going to be in the 90’s and filled with hot, dog-breath winds in the afternoon. Reading something like that at 5:30 in the morning always makes you wonder if you should have woken up because no one wants to feel sand and heat against their face. Ever.
For whatever reason, it made me think about checking the weather at Notre Dame this weekend for the 2013 Reunion. I’m excited to go to the Hispanic Alumni reunion, to see friends again and to be on campus but the weather in South Bend has been iffy at best the last couple trips. In March it was snowing and in April it rained all the time. Both visits were not the optimal trips in terms of weather to be honest but it’s Notre Dame. It’s always great being back on campus.
Apparently this weekend it’s going to rain apparently while still being in the 80’s. I’m not really excited about that.
If the weather forecast is right, you have to love the possibility of thunderstorms that come down with fervor for a 10-20 minute window and then the sun comes back out as if nothing. Well, at least that’s how I remember it when I was a student there 12 years ago.
In any case, I decided to look up the events for Reunion and saw there was a 5K being run on Saturday morning. I thought “That would be great if I ran that right now, no training minus the push-ups and sit-ups I’ve done. I could mark it off my list!”
“Wow, what a great idea! Good job Chris!”
Reality set in immediately after that. I’m crazy and out of shape. I haven’t run in over 3 years. I haven’t really worked out since January. What the hell is wrong with me?
On top of that, I’m going to be at Notre Dame. NOTRE-FREAKING-DAME!! I love being home and this weekend’s trip will be no different from all the craziness I usually get into when I’m there. There is a reason my friend Richard has nicknamed me “Trouble.” (I’m not really trouble, I swear.)
If you’ve never been to Notre Dame, let alone with a bunch of alumni, let me fill you in quickly on what the weekend will probably be like: Seeing lots of friends when you check in, go eat and go out for the night, sleep. Wake up the next day at a reasonable time and do some events, eat and drink, go out at night, sleep. Wake up much later the next day, so another bunch of events, eat drink and go out at night, sleep. Be happy to roll out of bed Sunday, be happy with finding your clothes, throw them in your suitcase, say good bye to everyone and make your way home.
Perhaps this isn’t the best way to describe it because every time I go to campus, I have a fantastic time having fun but I work really hard at all the alumni stuff I do so please don’t think it’s party-party ALL the time. Just mainly in the evenings at all night. It really is a good time, I swear, but I digress.
I thought signing up for the Memorial Sunburst 5K would be fun but I didn’t want to do it by myself. I happened to have a conversation about some last minute planning for some Hispanic Alumni events for the weekend when I asked my friend Rosey if she were going to run it. Simply, I said I wanted to run it but I didn’t want to do it by myself. I’m lame like that and if I can get someone to do something fun with me I will.
SO between now and Saturday morning at 7:15 in the morning, I’ll try my best to stretch, hydrate and hopefully I will remember to set my alarm to get up on time to get to the starting line (which I have no idea how to get there yet) and then, more importantly, make it to Notre Dame Stadium.
Let’s not forget I’ll need to light as many candles at the Grotto so I finish with some kind of respectable time. I should say I’ll pray I just finish without collapsing or have to worry about nipple chafing like Andy Bernard did when he ran.