This week's blog had conflicting titles until I read "For my mom" written by my beautiful daughter Alejandra.
I will always immensely thank her for bringing me back to running. Our plan of running a marathon together being 7,440 miles apart was a beautiful plan and we enjoyed it. Some sad circumstances occurred two months ago that prevented Ale of continuing with her training, but even though she is not running, she is still running with me, because she is in my heart, in my thoughts, and in every fiber of my body every mile I go.
Alejandra, you don't have to wait for that phone call once I cross the finish line on November 25th because I will cross the line with you on the phone. I love you, daughter of mine. Thanks for being who you are.
Last Week of Training and Bye Bye DC.
This was my last week of training and it was pretty good. It happened to be in DC, where I said bye bye but only for 2007, as I expect to come back for the first part of next year.
I did my best 8 miles on Thursday in the treadmill (my work hours in DC don't give me room for running during daylight with my Iwo Jima guys). My 10 miles on Saturday, back in Seattle were really good. The conditions were perfect: Under constant rain. After mile 0.2 my shoes were absolutely soaked, so I was. I did part of the marathon route from Interlaken to Lake Washington Blvd 5 miles and back. I got some of the hilly part of the marathon and went slow all the time as did not want to risk anything. My knees DIDN'T and DON'T HURT AT ALL. I believe several things have helped: 1) I got rid of the superfeet. 2) I bought 54" shoelaces and I can play with the "tightness" by the insteps. The pain in this part of the feet has disappeared. 3) I have been in glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM for 2 months now. So because one of these reasons, or the combo, my knees and feet are painless!!!!!
Next week I have just a couple of easy 3o minutes and then on Sunday 25th, The Big Miler, 26.2. The weather forecasts temp around 42-43 (not that bad) and scattered showers (what's new).
I will be well rested because the Thanksgiving Holidays, and the only plan I have for the Holidays is going to the Expo on Friday .
Please, wish me luck. Seattle hills scare me, especially those miserably located between mile 20 and 23, that are the same I did today, but a different story is doing them at mile 8 than at mile 20. My realistic time in a flat course is around 6 hrs, so, I could forecast a little more than that, but my goal is to finish the marathon. That's it. Just finish it.
51! My life without blinking
I am 51 TODAY! It is my birthday. My life in a nutshell? I am as happy as I could be, I love my husband and my kids. I love my life and I spend every second without blinking, because "a hundred years goes faster than you think".
God, thanks for my life.
My B'day with my son Diego and his girlfriend Shelly, and my favorite dish: Pasta. Per saecula saeculorum (Forever and ever!!!)