"Only those who risk failing greatly can ever succeed greatly." –RFK
Sunday, April 08, 2007
A new day
(pic: Mary Gorski & Lisa B at the pre-race meeting) Thanks y'all for kind words and encouragement. I'm feeling totally fine now. I had a tough time staying asleep for various reasons, but was always able to fall back to sleep, and I moved around normally, bit wilt caution.
Our fight to Spokane via Denver was easy. We ran into Deedee and Amy Grafius at the airport so we enjoyed some veggie burritos together. I was actually starving, which was a great sign. I was a little nervous but ate most of it and had no problems. I had other food snacks with me that stayed down well and I am thrilled about that!
I struggled with the thought of "running" today here in Spokane where is 65 degrees. The mind really wants to but the body's not ready. I must let it rest from that road pounding. Now, this would be a good time to get on a bike! By the way, the bike's coming, I'm going to a shop in Seattle for a custom. I hope to have it in 3 weeks.
(pic: Roy Pirrung to the finish with Christine Crawford)
So, YES, I've got some pictures from the race. Pre-race & during. There are many relay runners I don't know, but you can probably guess right who is a relay and who's a solo just by looking. It's real easy...they are running faster! They were incredibly nice to us.
I am an ultra runner, physician and have been medical director of some of the toughest ultras. I tend to be a mover and a shaker and louder than my size suggests. However, my Gemini twin is gentler and contemplative, an artist, a writer, and a poet. I am a dog lover, a believer in souls, and have a special affinity for those who struggle because I have been there.
This is my crazy lovable huggable Weimaraner, Steely Dan. I call him Steely. He left us in January of this year at only 6 years from lymphoma that did not respond to chemotherapy treatments. Steely was a total goof. He loved trail running, road running, treadmill running, new experiences, making eye contact, sleeping on his back, me, kids, and liver treats. He was Zappa's best friend. We miss him dearly.
This is Stella. A rescue from the shelter. She's about 6 months old and a Border Collie. She is a joyous bundle of energy and curiosity and now also Zappa best friend. She will make a nice running partner when she grows up.
This is the now the big brother of my family - a rescued Greyhound. His name is Frank Zappa. I call him Zappa. He's 7 years old and has learned all about life beyond the track and crate from Steely when he was with us. It was very rewarding to watch his personality bloom as he settled into the family. And yes, he runs like the wind!
This is Natasha, my dearest friend. She was with me through college, medical school, residency, and she moved with me from Chicago to Spokane several years ago. She was my best running partner for 10 years. My sweet Natasha died from bone cancer in 2006. I miss her still. I hung a windchimes over the deck outside. When it chimes, I smile and think she has finally -- wherever she is now -- caught a squirrel!