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Happy Birthday, Mom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

I spent most of my lunch looking through “mom pics” that I have on my various computers.

This one jumped out at me this time.


Maybe it’s the penetrating and loving stare.

Maybe it’s the understanding and supportive smile.

Maybe it’s the sense that her right hand seems ready to reach out and grab mine.

Maybe it’s the way she’s sitting such that she could either lean forward to listen closer or even stand up to hug.

For certain it’s that, after this was taken, she said, “I love you.”

There are probably many other things that made this particular “mom pic” jump out this time, I just need to stare longer.

Happy birthday, mom.  I miss you so much.

Training Journal – 10/24/13:

  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 6-mile run
  • Comments: I did 6.3 miles @ 8:13 avg pace, avg cadence 96 & a run time of 51:30. [Strava]

Skateboardin’ Momma?

September 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

I had the weirdest dream this morning…

Everyone from my family was at a park somewhere and up at the top of this grassy hill. I had walked down the hill for some reason and, when I looked back up toward everyone, my mom was starting to walk down what appeared to be the grass.

I started yelling out at her: “Mom, be careful! The grass is slippery! You’re going to fall!” “Wait for me to come and help you,” I shouted repeatedly.

Sure enough, she started slipping. Her arms were teetering in the air. I couldn’t see her feet, but she was at least keeping her balance as she slipped and wasn’t falling.

As I ran toward her, she came around the corner and was actually riding a skateboard!

She rolled up to me, bent down and picked up the skateboard, and said, “I’m OK, don’t worry!”

Two things: 1) My mom didn’t do skateboards, and 2) if she bravely did, she would have been yelling either, “RUUUDY, RUUUDY, RUUUDY!” (my dad’s name) or “DEENNNIS! DEENNNIS! DEENNNIS!” (mine).

I seriously got way too much sleep last night…

Training Journal – 9/7/13:

  • Current plan: Foxy’s Fall Century Training Plan
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: Rest

August 31, 2013

August 31, 2013 — Leave a comment


adjective: Lacking, absent, or not found.  A missing person.
verb: To regret the absence or loss of.  I am missing you.

I’ve been thinking about this word today as it was three years ago this weekend that my dad and his wife died tragically.

Miss or missing, both words kinda suck.

Training Journal – 8/31/13:

  • Current plan: Mix of running and biking
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: Rest


August 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

I probably need to post this in a few other places to remind/reinforce:

We swim in language as fish swim in the sea, not noticing the power that our words have
to manifest, to create and to destroy.
– Mary Jo Asmus

Training Journal – 8/22/13:

  • Current plan: Mix of running and biking: Bicycling focus week
  • Today’s session: 8-mile run
  • Comments: I did 8.49 miles @ 8:18 avg pace.

So today was my 48th birthday…aaaaand I’m on a business trip.

My being gone on my day happens occasionally because of one particular conference, the last time was two years ago. It’s weird and usually a bummer of a day none the less. I’m not big on getting attention, so I usually don’t let anyone know it’s my birthday…

Thankfully, with technology, I did get a bunch of b-day wishes today through Facebook and texts…which was nice to see throughout the day.

Anyway, I started my day early (0500) so I could get a long slow run in before my meetings started this afternoon. I usually do my long runs on Sunday, but there is a Women’s half marathon here in Chicago tomorrow and I knew it would be a madhouse along the Lakefront Trail…

20130622-190412.jpgI headed North out on Chicago’s Lakefront Trail and went to the northern end and back – 18.5 miles total, door-to-door. It felt pretty good. I modified my run-walk ratio to 3:1 today and that seemed to be better on my knee. I managed a 10:45 pace, obeying my doctor’s counsel about keeping it slow and ran on crushed rock paths when I could. There were tons of runners out later in the morning – I think prep training for the B of A Chicago Marathon kicked off today for a lot of clubs in the area.

The weather was excellent! Here are a few pictures from the run:

My friend Denise sent me a birthday text while I was on my run.


Since I was running, I asked SIRI to read me the text. Here is the epic SIRI transcript:

Happy [birthday cake][birthday cake][birthday cake][birthday cake][birthday cake]
Birthday [short cake][short cake][short cake][short cake][short cake]!!!!
Treating yourself to something fun? [hamburger][hamburger][french fries][french fries][slice of pizza][slice of pizza]
Assuming you’re working today? [computer][computer][computer][mobile phone][mobile phone][mobile phone]

I totally started cracking up when it was read…!

20130622-185939.jpgThe rest of the day was spent either in my room chilling or in my meeting this afternoon. I hit a local burger place for dinner (by myself) and then headed to a mixer for the conference.

It was a bit of a different birthday…

Training Journal – 6/22/13:

  • Current plan: Not sure right now…since I am cleared to run, I want to find a run/race for July
  • Today’s session: 18 mile long run
  • Comments: I did 18.51 @ 10:45 min/mile pace. Felt good to run and the 3:1 run:walk ratio worked better than the 4:1. I’m still working on the race report for last week’s Half Marathon…hopefully I’ll finish it tomorrow evening.

I hit the San Francisco Marathon Expo today and picked up my bib for Sunday’s San Francisco Marathon – 2nd half – plus a bag load of SWAG!

Knowing that race day was also Father’s Day, a while back, I had a special bib made at  I think they did an awesome job!

So, I will be wearing two bibs on Sunday:


Today is also my dad’s birthday – he’s the guy on the right. I miss him terribly and hope he’d be proud of me.  I’m thankful that my dad-in-law (on the left) got to see how much I love running, though he missed my first marathon by just 11 days.

Training Journal – 6/14/13:

  • Current plan: San Francisco Marathon – 2nd Half Training Plan
  • Today’s session: Rest and carb-load day one.
  • Comments: There was some great swag at the expo and I also hit the KT Tape booth and got my knee taped. (Kinda weird not having hair on the front of my upper right leg. Maybe I’ll shave the rest…?!?!)

Miss you…


Training Journal – 5/12/13:

  • Current plan: Horseshoe Lake 50K Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 12 mile trail run
  • Comments: I ran 14.5 up in Alum Rock at an 11:46 pace.  Felt great and I’m learning to correctly pace myself on trails vs. road…just in time for next week’s 50K!  I fast walked the final .75 miles as my right knee started bugging me.  It’s fine now, just thought I’d nurse it at the end…  “Dude of the Day” award goes to the dad I saw mountain biking “with” his daughter.  Kicker was, he was pulling her in a bike trailer up/down/along the fire roads at killer pace…doing laps (i know this because I saw him several times as I made my way throughout the park.)
  • Weekly mileage: Running: 20.74 / Bicycling: 0