Thursday, August 2, 2018

Return to Indiana: Restored health, imperiled freedom, peace and quiet

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
— Isaiah 40:31

It was the best of days; it was the worst of days—depending on how you look at it.

On one hand, it is clear that my health is on the mend if my leaderboard ranking in three of the Nike Run Club Monthly Challenges, which pits its members against each other in a race to get the most miles in the allotted time, is any indication. As of the time of this writing:
  • In the August Weekly Challenge, I rank #9 out of 49,923 runners world-wide, having in just two days logged 75.43 miles;
  • In the August 100K Challenge, I rank #10 out of 39,879 runners worldwide, having in just two days logged 45.97 miles;
  • In the August 50K Challenge, I rank #8 out of 63,672 runners, worldwide, having logged the same amount of miles as in the August 100K Challenge.
I am one of only three Americans placing in the top 10 of three of the Nike Run Club members' challenges

So far this week, I'm averaging 17 miles per day, having achieved nearly 22 just today:

I started off the month of August with a bang, having used the month of July to warm-up
Surprisingly, I'm suffering from only one (bad) blister on one toe; fortunately, new Nikes are on the way:

My new pair of Nike Air VaporMax 2s (Laser Orange) should arrive by August 7th
On the other hand, I was arrested while walking home from Walmart today. The Greenwood Police Department rolled up on me from behind about a half mile from the store, put me in cuffs, read me my rights and then shuttled me to the store to be identified:

The police car that shuttled me to Wal-Mart for suspect verification
When the officer and I arrived at the store, he pointed me out to the employee hired for loss prevention (pictured below); fortunately, he said it wasn’t me who shoplifted, so I was released at the scene.

The hero of the day, a loss prevention officer employed by Wal-Mart, whose honesty corrected a mistaken identity made by police
I don't have to tell anyone who has read this blog how unnerving unwarranted and surprise police contact can be for me. Nevertheless, I had my own apartment to come to, which, so far, has been extra quiet, and otherwise quite nice:

My living room needs curtains, but is otherwise finishedMy patio, while small, is rather invitingMy bathroom, a little overwrought decoration-wise, but clean