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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.


September 4, 2012 — 2 Comments

Thinking about my dad today – hard to think that it’s been two years today.

When we were going through the family memory chest after the memorial service, each of us were taking various reminders of him and my mom.  I took this old badge of his and have kept it in my messenger bag ever since.

My dad was a hard worker and this badge seemed to resonate with me.  I was sharing with my wife the other day how I really didn’t appreciate or grasp that trait as a kid (maybe most kids don’t.)  The fact that, quite often, he worked two jobs to provide for and support us was sadly lost on me most of the time.  What an example of responsibility, provision, and love for one’s family.


Thinking about my dad today…

Training Journal – 9/4/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session:Cross train: Bike ride
  • Comments: Rode 20 miles @ 15.5 mph avg.

Two Treats

August 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

I got two treats today: a few of my favorite, pineapple-filled Danish cookies from Solvang and my wife, who came home a day early from a quick trip to Solvang with her parents!

Me happy! Annie too!

Training Journal – 8/18/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: Rest…with a bit of yard work sprinkled in…but mostly rest!

Pretty much every evening, my wife and I spend some time on our patio – or as we call it “patio time.” There’s a flock of seagulls (witty reference to 80s band intended) that hangs out at the shopping center near us, most of the time on the roof or circling around the area. Most evenings, they’re pretty vocal; and, if you close your eyes, it’s just like being at the ocean!

Training Journal – 8/17/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 5 mile run @ race pace (8:37)
  • Comments: I did 5.25 @ an 8:15 pace

Just two things, in the space of two days, that provided sweet memories of my mom and dad.

After decompressing from my race yesterday, Karen and I found a great Mexican eatery in the Ferry building (Mijita.). I had a taco and Karen got the chicken taquitos. The taquitos were exactly like the ones my mom made – thousands of times. What memories: anxiously watching her roll/fry/stack them, eating them by the handfull, homemade guacamole, salsa that made even my dad cry, being the “lucky one” who found a toothpick in your taquito… Wow, just like it was yesterday. (oh, and yes, I ate one of Karen’s taquitos.)

Tonight, sitting on our patio, we are being serenaded as our neighbor two doors down has a mariachi band playing in their backyard. Every time I hear mariachi music, I think of my dad. The Thanksgiving and Christmas after my mom died, he spent a few weeks with us. One night, we went to a local Mexican restaurant and they had a mariachi band strolling around that night. My dad requested a few songs, listened, and teared up – they were ones that reminded him on my mom.

Memories. Sweet memories.

How I miss them both so much…

Training Journal – 7/30/12:

  • Current plan: Half-marathon program – Recovery Week
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: My left foot/heel are a bit angry today. Usual stiffness from the race yesterday – oh, and an afternoon/evening walk around Fisherman’s Warf area…

Da Pup

July 9, 2012 — Leave a comment

Just chillin’ with her peeps…

Training Journal – 7/9/12:

  • Current plan: Half-marathon program
  • Today’s session: Bike ride
  • Comments: Thought in my head this AM, “On my ‘cross’ Mondays, I should at least bike the distance I ran on my Sunday long run.” So I did, riding 15.2 miles at an avg of 13.2 mph (my long run was 14 miles.)

Happy Place…

June 29, 2012 — Leave a comment

Training Journal – 6/29/12:

  • Current plan: Half-marathon program
  • Today’s session: 6 mi @ race pace (8:12)
  • Comments: I did 6.65 @ 7:59

Happy 80th Dad

June 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

My dad would have been 80 today.

Knowing my dad, if I’d been able to share today with him (which I may not have been able to, since he lived in a different state and I attended a conference this week), he would have probably looked about the same and been in as good of shape as he was the last time I saw him (at 77) – he always seemed to be in better shape than the rest of us.  I would have hoped that he would have spent today doing something he enjoyed, celebrating this milestone with the people he loved and who loved him; but honestly, knowing my dad, he probably would have worked at least part of the day (hopfully not) and preferred a quiet evening with his family.  He would have probably treated today like any other day – except for maybe requesting pineapple upside-down cake, which was his favorite.

My dad wasn’t a talker (I think I am becoming more and more like him with time); so if we had spoken today, our phone call would have been probably been somewhat short – but I do know it would have ended with:

Happy birthday dad
Thank you mi hijo
I love you dad
I love you too mi hijo
I miss you dad
I miss you too mi hijo

Training Journal – 6/14/12:

  • Current plan: Half-marathon program
  • Today’s session: 6 miles @ 9:19
  • Comments: I did 7 @ 9:02

Bro Run

May 16, 2012 — Leave a comment

My brother is visiting for a few days and we went out for a post-dinner 5k run. It was nice to do a leisurely run and talk…all leading to Sunday’s Bay to Breakers.


Training Journal – 5/16/12:

  • Current plan: Half-marathon program
  • Today’s session: 6 mi Easy Run @ 9:19
  • Comments: Morning: 6.5 @ 8:49. Evening: 3.3 @ 12:20.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

– Psalm 51:1-2 NIV

…oft requested, yet not reflected in our relationships with others.

Or maybe it’s just guilty me…

Training Journal – 4/18/12:

  • Current plan: Prep for Brazen Racing’s Western Pacific / bridge for half-marathon program
  • Today’s session: 6 mile easy Run @ 9:19
  • Comments: Nice morning – I did 6.6 @ 8:50