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for Karen…

I wish I had a magic wand
I know you wish one too
I wish I had all answers
The reasons why for you

I wish I had a magic wand
I’d transport me and you
We’d take actions, make decisions
To change what we’ve gone through

Sadly I don’t have one
No means no method for “redo”
Instead I have two ears, two arms
To listen to and comfort you

Listening and comforting
Those actions are not new
But hopefully they remind
I love and am here for you

© 2013 Dennis Arriaga

Training Journal – 3/13/13:

  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan – W12/D3
  • Today’s session: 6 mile easy run @ 8:27-9:28 pace
  • Comments: I did a 6.48 @ 8:10

13,665,600 Minutes

January 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

Celebrating 26 years of wedded bliss today!


I am so blessed!

Training Journal – 1/24/13:

  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan – W5/D4
  • Today’s session:7 mile easy run @ 8:37-9:37 pace
  • Comments: I did 8.11 @ 8:25

Cookie Therapy

December 31, 2012 — Leave a comment

It’s been a tough Christmas this year with my father-in-law passing away at the beginning of the month. Not too much celebrating going on, but sometimes all it takes is a batch (or two) of tradition to make things a little more bearable.

These were an annual tradition growing up - K and I have continued that since we've been married.

These were an annual tradition growing up…though they were made in 1″ logs then.
K and I have continued that tradition…

Wow, this is the last post of the year.  Guess I’ll have to write a re-cap soon…

Training Journal – 12/31/12:

  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan – W2/D1
  • Today’s session: 3 mile easy/shake out run @ 8:37-9:37 pace + day two of carb loading for tomorrow’s half marathon.
  • Comments: I did 3.67 @ 8:03

A Good Man

December 5, 2012 — Leave a comment

My father-in-law and friend passed away today. Such a hard day for us, but we are thankful for the time we got to spend with him last night, talking with him and making him laugh.

We take comfort in the fact that he is in a better place, with a perfect body, and that we will see him again.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Honolulu Someday

December 2, 2012 — 1 Comment

Made the tough decision to cancel our trip to Honolulu and my running of next Sunday’s marathon – which would have been my first. There are just too many things going on right now (the details are private), and the best decision was to cancel.

After 4.5 months of solid marathon training (really almost a year), I really want to accomplish that milestone. Over the past two days, I scanned the available ones over the next several months and did find a few in January & February in SoCal. The rub is that I’ve already registered for the Big Sur Marathon in April and want need to start a focused, 18-week training program for that on December 24 (read: build base and do hill work.) Inserting a 3-week taper, marathon, and subsequent recovery week(s) in the middle of that just didn’t seem smart.

I did find a local marathon being run on the 15th: The ZombieRunner Bay Trail Marathon in Palo Alto. It’s not Honolulu, but the organizer puts on quality events and I know it will be a great experience for my first marathon. One nice part will be that my taper and carb loading will be easier since I’ll be at home!

So, I’m resetting and will start (re-do) week 2 of taper tomorrow. Deja Vu…all over again!


…I’ll run Honolulu someday.

Training Journal – 12/2/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Bay Trail Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 12 mile long run @ 8:39 – 9:59 pace
  • Comments: I did 12.16 @ 8:21 pace in the wind and rain – woohoo!

Weekly mileage: 11/26-12/2/12:

  • Running: 30.68
  • Bicycling: 17.47
  • Total: 48.15


November 22, 2012 — Leave a comment

…for the kind, wonderful, amazing, gracious, loving, supportive, encouraging, and understanding person on the left! I am truly blessed!

Training Journal – 11/22/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 10k
  • Comments: PR’d with a 47:55 @ 7:43 avg pace! Race report later…

Happy 80th, Mom!

October 24, 2012 — Leave a comment

My mom would have turned 80 today. Wow, 80.

I miss her terribly. As I’ve written before, I have a folder on my laptop called “scans” – I took a look at it today and smiled and remembered my mom.

One photo that caught my eye today was the one above. We went camping a lot when I was young – often by a lake or river. I remember we each had our own tire tube – including mom who WAS NOT a swimmer.

There were two sureties about any photo of my mom in the water: 1) she was always touching the bottom with at least one foot and 2) she was always facing the shore. Certain male children who are known to enjoy running and blog quite often would make attempts to ease her away from the shore (all in the name of fun), only to come to their senses in very short order…

She loved to float in her tube. Yes, her tube; you see, it was personalized with the words “Morning Glory” in it. I can visualize all of us having such a great time and her laughing and nervously calling out, “Den-nus, stop! Den-nus, stop!” or “Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!” to my dad (which she was known to do quite often.) You see, she lived with a bunch of people who loved to tease each other…

Such good times. Such wonderfully cherished memories.

Happy birthday, mom…you are loved and missed.

Training Journal – 10/24/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 8 mile easy run @ 9:09 pace
  • Comments: I did 8.11 at 8:13 – with light rain on miles 4 to 7.