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Wordless Wednesday

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Peace Be With You

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To Punch You gave my parents five years of unconditional love. Rest in peace and enjoy your new chew toys in dog heaven.

Coming Around Again

Thank you for all the comforting words expressed in the comments and in private e-mails in the past week. Each one had the effect you intended: a little boost to help keep my grief from growing. Not gonna lie to you, the next couple of days will be hard since Joe was a part of our Christmases for many, many years. But I am emotionally ready for it, and I think the rest of the family is too. We've had a lot of rain here, and somehow I've managed to run around it. Me, the one who loves running in rain. The forecast calls for more "liquid sunshine" so maybe I'll get lucky tomorrow or the next day. P.S. Joe passed away today.

Joe's Finish Line

Yesterday morning I said good-bye to one of my oldest and dearest friends. They took him off the ventilator in a Pittsburgh hospital room just long enough for him to explain why he hadn’t returned my messages and why he wouldn’t be calling me again. A friend let him use her cell phone, the same friend that for years helped him select the pajamas he’d gifted to my daughters each Christmas since they were born. I’ve written before about my friend Joe , who was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He never smoked and had otherwise been the picture of good health until he developed a chest cold that would not go away. He ran between the chemo treatments and even finished the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, his newly bald head beaming. He used to run marathons, especially when he lived in Indianapolis, and took quinine pills to quell calf cramps that once led us both to finish near last in a 20-miler on Martha’s Vineyard. We stuck together, no matter what, and we did much

Wordless Wednesday

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Irrational Optimism

I have lists everywhere right now. On my countertops. On my desks. On my white board at work. By my bedside. By my tea stash. And by the stack of presents still left to wrap. They’re in my head. In my computer. In my car. None of these lists synch up to the days as they unfold. But somehow the stuff on them does get done, if only after being carried over a few days or weeks to other lists. I don’t recall ever being this overwhelmed at the holidays, but I’m sure I have and I’ve just conveniently crossed it from my memory much like I long to do with this growing grocery list before me. The funny thing is, with all that there is to fret about these days – my mother’s rapidly deteriorating health, a dying dog, my sisters’ continued unemployment, all these layoffs and our all-too-quickly-depleting college fund for the girls – I can’t stop feeling good. I mean, I’m really happy right now. Part of it is the migraine headaches, which recently disappeared as mysteriously as they arr

You Too Can Run with a Kenyan

Just caught this piece in the New York Times about a guy whose family hired a champion Kenyan runner to spend the day with him. I guess if people can pay Paris Hilton to show up at their party, shelling out for one of the world's best runners to hang with the hub works too. Avid Runner Gets Moving Birthday Gift

Wordless Wednesday

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What the--?!

Just looked up yesterday's race results: 66 ANNE SXXXX 561 46 1/2 F San Diego 57:50 9:19 Note the 1/2 for my age group. It figures...the one time I have to leave early I didn't have to leave emptyhanded. Well, it still makes my day to know that at some time while I was rushing home Peter, the race director, announced my name to everyone. Now I'm really motivated to keep at it.

Race Review: 2008 Mainly Masters 10k

I've just time for a short one on this morning's race around Fiesta Island, a commercial-free and exceptionally flat oasis between Sea World and Mission Bay Park. The weather was perfect, the crowds impressive and course support spot on. They even had a lone bagpiper belting out holiday tunes near miles 2 and 4. Those Gaelic chords carried for a good quarter mile in each direction and still make me smile as I write this. Unfortunately, I believe I posted my slowest time ever for this annual race that marks the start of the San Diego Track Club Grand Prix series. I wasn't wearing a stopwatch, but I do know when I hit Mile 5 in exactly 47:00, according to the official timer, I was not going to come in under 57 minutes, let alone return to my usual sub-55 days. I did manage to pass the guy I'd paced off for much of the way. And I felt terrific as I rushed home to shower and head to a family gathering an hour north in Murrietta. It looks like the Hokies are pulling off a

My Newest Running Playlist

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Wordless Wednesday

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Travel Tips for 'Long Distance Races'

If you're like me, you're planning a race that requires long-distance travel. My destination is most accessible by air, so in about a month I'll start shopping airfares in earnest. I've managed over the years to save a significant sum by combing Web sites almost daily for weeks, sometimes a full month, waiting for a sudden, fleeting drop in ticket prices. Turns out even the experts are with me on this. An expert on ABCNews.com recently offered tips for finding decent fares in the coming year. Among his tips: Don't Procrastinate -- Start shopping for airline tickets about four months before departure. This is when airlines begin actively managing and releasing cheaper seats and you'll also be more likely to catch a system-wide airfare sale. Travel the Cheapest Days -- Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Travel the Cheapest Times of Day -- First flights out, after lunch and dinner and last flights out. Shop Online Monday Afternoon Through Thursday -- Sales ar