to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know
that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes,
no coincidences; all events are blessings given to us to
learn from. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Good morning. Sorry I haven't written in
a spell, but times have been quiet in the
River City...very quiet. The chubby one
has been getting in some miles, but nothing
special...you know, a couple here, a couple
there. However, sort of came out of doldrums
yesterday as I participated in my ninth,
and final event, of 2006...1st Annual Fleet
Feet Holiday Run.
The event, a 5K, was Fleet Feet's way of
saying "thanks" to the running/walking
community they serve. There was no entry
fee, plenty of free t-shirts and all they
asked was you bring an unwrapped toy to
be passed along to the less fortunate. And,
least I forget, they also had hot beverages
and munchies. Since it was free, had no
prior registration, and was the first ever
they had no way of knowing how many folks
would show. Think they were more than a
little surprised when more than a couple
hundred folks decided it was a grand way
to spend a Sunday morning in December.
The course was new to me. And, since it's
located less than two miles from my apartment,
that came as a surprise. I live at 3rd &
P Streets and it's located at 28 & C
at a place known as Sutter's Landing Park
and provides access to the bike trail on
the southern side of the American River.
Even has a very steep hill at the beginning
and, while I'm not sure how far it goes
or the "safety" of the area it
passes, seems like a spot worth checking
out next year.
Even though the event wasn't scheduled to
begin until 9 a.m., I got out there early
to see who I might see and say hello to.
Jack Frost was one of the first I bumped
into as we have been having some very cold
mornings (by Sacramento standards) and I
doubt it was much above 35 when I arrived
at the park...and it wouldn't get too much
above that before I left.
Saw a goodly amount of the crew from Fleet
Feet. Very nice people and still my abuzz
over some Cannellini bean soup and brought
them this week. The all seemed to like it,
the owner's of the store were very appreciative
and, most of all, I enjoyed doing it. Good
soup...very good soup. I mean, like really
Also encountered many other folks on this
December morning to greet and wish a happy
holiday to. It was a good morning.
Ah, yes...the event. It was fun. Lots of
fun. Blasted out one of the best times of
the year and, by far, my best effort since
early summer. Not sure what got into me...perhaps
the weather, maybe the time of year, or
a combination of both...but seldom this
year have I recorded three straight sub-14
minute miles and the last one was walked
in under 13:20. Not too shabby for an old
guy carrying a substantial load around his
midsection...saw of look upon it as a little
friend, who is well fed and continues to
grow. Must do something about him next year...but
that's a story for a different time.
Finished and made my way first to the market
and then home. Spent a quiet day around
the apartment, doing laundry and getting
ready for a fun week. My friends from London
arrived for it and I'm looking forward to
enjoying them over the next several days.
Liz, as always, you are in my mind and heart.
Even though I don't always write, you are
with me on each of my journeys. Whether
I'm walking the levee to Discovery, the
path alongside the American River or some
new course you are with me. You are a very
courageous soul and my prayers, along with
my heart, are with you.
From Carlene Paquette, Carp, Canada
- Sunday we went out for my long run. We
have been having a huge warm spell and the
temp was 10C/50F, unseasonably warm. Perfect
for running a long run though. I even got
to wear shorts. I think that is a first
for me in December here. I set out into
the warm sunny day with no real plan and
a strong desire to run at least 14K. My
last long run was torturous though and I
was prepared to take things are they came
and adjust if necessary. Ended up feeling
really good and very strong. Ran the first
10K or so with no walking, just puttering
along at my slow pace pretty steadily. My
options for running routes are limited near
my house so I get to run lots of repeat
loops. On my third loop of one set of streets
I was treated to a rare site - 4 turkeys
out grazing. WOW! This was my first turkey
sighting while running and a neat experience.
Wild turkeys are still pretty rare around
here and I usually only catch glimpses of
them 2-3 times per year, and then typically
from a far away and through my car window.
These ladies were out enjoying the day too
and provided me with a nice boost around
the 13K mark. Ended up running 16K and feeling
tired but good by the end. I dedicated the
entire run to you. Together we hit the roads,
sang Christmas carols and savoured the warm
sunny day. It was a great day to be alive
and a wonderful journey to share with a
friend. Thanks for coming along with me.
From Ron Horton, Charlotte, NC
your bracelet brought you along with us
for a great run in the Thunder Road Marathon
last Saturday 12/9 right here in my home
town of Charlotte. I ran it with my friend
Chuck, whom you met at MCM2000. Chuck got
me into this marathon foolishness 10 years
ago, this was our first chance to run together
in several years. Chuck is a survivor of
prostate cancer, it was a run celebrating
Life and Friendship. I wore a Santa suit,
which seemed to entertain kids and adults
alike along the course. Below is a picture
taken just before the start, huddled in
the 20 degree cold with Karen Bingham and
my wife Wendy. Karen and all the Charlotte
runners send their best to you, wishes and
prayers for the Best Christmas Ever!
From Chris Gasco, Commerce Twp MI
Island Half Marathon - for Liz!!
Got in Friday and it was COLD!! And WINDY!!
Saw many Florida runners at the expo in
a state of shock (as they grabbed tights,
fleece shirts, hats,gloves etc). I was feeling
smug - I'd spent the last 2 days obsessively
checking weather.com, so I'd packed tights,gloves,a
coolmax long sleeved turtleneck,a headband
and a shortsleeve teal coolmax shirt (wore
it over the longsleeved one).
Got to the condo and met Asheville George,
his lovely wife Lin and their friends Jan
and Pete Hildebrand. George and I went out
for a walk on the beach (couldn't feel my
face after we turned back into the wind
- this made me a little worried for the
next day.) The condo was right on the beach
- very nice. My hubby had gotten me reservations
to the pre-race dinner, so I called Shawn
(fellow Penguin from Tampa FL) and got a
description of her and her homegirls and
sat with them at the dinner. Shawn is just
as much fun in person as she is in her posts!
Great pasta and off to bed early. Pretty
cold night - think the low was 23. Fortunately
the wind died down.
Race day was sunny but cold - think it was
28 at start time. George,Lin, Jan and I
started together, but soon George and Jan
were out of sight. Ran with Lin till around
mile 3. Saw Shawn around mile 4, she was
looking good although a little worried about
her pace. I normally run alone so I was
chatting with other runners and taking pictures
of the amazing houses along the course.
I had gotten Kelly Bragg's email and kept
an eye out for her, and around the halfway
point, I saw a blonde lady walking in an
OSU shirt, so I yelled out "Kelly!
Chris from Commerce! Go Penguins!"
She was walking at a pretty good pace -
the results show that she finished (and
was NOT last in the half). Lots of aid stations,
and most of them were staffed by high school/college
kids. Stopped quite a few times for pictures,
otherwise my time would have been better.
Not sure when I passed George, must have
been around mile 10.
1446 (out of 2200 total in the half) 117(in
the F40-44 division) 2:22:40 (gun time)
2:19:34 (chip time) 10:39 (avg. pace). This
was my first race since NYCM03, so I was
pretty happy! George was only a couple minutes
behind me, and Lin was around 5 minutes
behind him. And as George said, "We
all beat the first marathoner in."
Post race goodies were great - hot bean
salads,beer...I went to the "official"
post race seafood dinner..yumm. They had
a chocolate fudgy cake that was so good
I almost needed a cigarette after. :) Got
back to the condo in time for the space
shuttle launch - someone had told George
we'd be able to see it if it was clear.
So we all went out onto the balcony (condo
was on the 2nd floor) and shut off all the
lights. We saw a red light on the horizon
almost straight out from us.Jan said,"I
think I see it." I said I thought maybe
it was a ship.The light got brighter and
higher and then this amazing orange torch
lit up the water..yep, it was the shuttle!
We got to see the first stage separate too
- a quick flash and then the orange turned
to a dull red and faded out as it climbed
higher. Too cool for words!!
Didn't feel too bad on Sunday until I got
off the plane, then I discovered that I'd
apparently left my quad muscles behind in
Thank you, Liz, for inspiring me to do this
one and to get back out there on the roads!In
this season of miracles, sounds like there's
one out there for you.
From Marathon John (Penguin Runners list)
Absolutely, the same sentiment I have. Such
rare courage makes me thankful for all the
beautiful things in the world. Everyday
that I run or walk I most of all think of
Liz. I will definitely be there at the San
Diego RnR for Run, Liz, Run!!! One thing
for sure is that when Liz gets back to walking
and jogging, she will never be alone. On
her journey to go over this so-called "third
mountaintop"....many will be with her
each and every minute.
" Penguins Rock"
Happy Trails to You..... Marathon John
From Bill Hermann in San Diego (Penguin
have to confess. I train and I think of
Liz every time...but I haven't been able
to find the words, yet...to express what
I feel about this whole matter.
I go to the RunLizRun website and read what
is there I am shocked and stunned beyond
my ability to respond. While I read it,
I am sure that I don't breathe. Afterwards
I have to get up, go outside and look up
at the sky for a breath of air. Such a horrible
ordeal for Liz, for her family, for her
friends; such spirit from Liz and such love
from family and friends.
It touches all of my emotions in a way that
is beyond my ability to comprehend.
RunLizRun;I'll be there.
The song that is playing is "I
Run for Life" by Melissa Etheridge. One
day Liz will be running again, holding a banner of victory
and stating that she is running for all who fight for their
life as she has.
You can control the playback by using these buttons
been years since they told her about it
The darkness her body possessed
And the scars are still there in the mirror
Everyday that she gets herself dressed
Though the pain is miles and miles behind her
And the fear is now a docile beast
If you ask her why she is still running
She'll tell you it makes her complete
I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth
For all that is real
I run for your mother your sister your wife
I run for you and me my friend: I run for life
a blur since they told me about it
How the darkness had taken its toll
And they cut into my skin and they cut into my body
But they will never get a piece of my soul
And now I'm still learning the lesson
To awake when I hear the call
And if you ask me why I am still running I'll tell you I run
for us all
someday if they tell you about it
If the darkness knocks on your door
Remember her remember me
We will be running as we have before
Running for answers
Running for more
Chorus second time after 3rd verse:
I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth
For all that is real
I run for your mother your sister your daughter your wife
for you and me my friend: I run for life