Mom & Daughter started this journey in 2007 to run a marathon the same day but 7,440 miles apart. From Seattle to Bangkok. The events came and went. Seattle was done but Bangkok, due to Force Majeure, was a no go.
Now, mom & daughter continue their journey with new plans, new goals and different paths. They still run through life alone but together.
Friday, May 10, 2013
100 Half Marathons Along The Road
When I started this running “business” pretty much with my
first marathon in Seattle in 2007, I liked it so much that I decided to run one marathon
per year (WOW!). Loyal to my commitment I ran Seattle again in Nov 2008. As I
was ready with air tickets in hand, luggage packed, a furnished apartment, and a
car to start a new work adventure in beautiful Italy for the next year I put my
eyes on Rome Marathon on Mar/22/2009 to be my 3rd marathon. Then, life
hit me hard. Luggage was unpacked; tickets, apartment, and car were returned. My
own illness plus the terrible loss of one of the most important persons in my
life, the father of my children, all happening at the same time reshuffled my
After the main treatment was over and I was able to cope with the
loss, I started thinking back on running a race. After much thought I got inclined to
work more for speed than for endurance. I dedicated to run 5K and 10K; a bunch
of them. I unleashed myself and ran 24 races in 8 months. By the end of
summer I decided to run something not so short, but not as long as a marathon.
I discovered the half distance, and registered for Seattle Half Marathon 2009.
41 months later, May 2013, I have run my 100th. It was a feast for me; a running and numeric
feast; a milestone. And it was no coincidence that my 100th Half
Marathon was run at Tacoma City: a Maniac/Fanatic centric race because the Half
Fanatics Club was pivotal to reach this goal. It motivated me to run more finding
my own limits. It was only a year ago when I ran my first back to back
(Saturday and Sunday), now I do it all the time. Every race in the calendar
means seeing friends and new faces, and the new faces become friends, and the
friendships become magical.
Tacoma City was inundated this weekend with MM and HF from
all over the country. It was a whole weekend of festivities celebrating the 10th
anniversary of Marathon Maniacs. Starting with the Ghost of Tacoma Marathon and
Half Marathon on Saturday (my 99th HM), followed by a day at the
Expo at the Hotel Murano, girls times with good friends, raffles as a pre-stage for the 2012 awards and pasta dinner (let’s not talk about this). I got 2012 Half Fanatic of the year 5th place, a pretty
trophy engraved with my name and HF # 881. On Sunday the real deal happened. MM and
HM departed our way to run an awesome race (HOT) but awesome. For the Silver Striders of Washington is was the last race of the Grand Prix Series.
After I finished my 100th Half Marathon, which I struggled a lot because let me repeat: it was HOT, I celebrated with friends at the finish line. I went to mile 25 to cheer on my
marathon friends and to pace a dear friend that was running to qualify for Boston 2014. This particular pacing deserves a blog entry of its own (coming soon). It was exciting to be now not a runner but part of the crowd
and to encourage all runners with the terrible sound of: Only one mile to go! (If
I don’t know how hard that last mile is.)
I always ask Prez (Steven Yee): Did you guys ever imagine this MM/HF explosion? The answer is
always no, but I will continue asking so they can savor the good they have done
for running, not only in Washington State but in the US. The beauty of the Half Fanatics Club and the
Marathon Maniacs is that are all inclusive. It is for all kind of runners, you
don’t have to be elite, fast, or under certain range of speed, or age. You just
have to want to be part of the community, run like a maniac, and voila, you are
in. Sorry, yes, you have to run like a maniac. I heard once some runners in
Green Lake criticizing the club because it was a matter of “quantity” not
quality. Those are the runners that believe the track belongs only to the under
6 min/mile runners.
There is no major quality for me that what I have
experienced during these 41 months. The amazing friends I have met during my 100 Half Marathons Along The Road.