Last year I eagerly gave in to the pull of the (socially-distanced) crowd. I’m not exactly sure what prompted this new journey. Possibly it was the pandemic-imposed time at home, or all the couch-based surfing of running accounts I follow on social media. Or maybe it was just middle age attempting to insert its increasingly-wrinkled face into my world. Whatever the reason, running quickly raced up to podium-level status on my weekly schedule.