- Run for Liz Dec 2006

Tempe, Arizona
Learn 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
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Run for Liz Reports
December 2006

12/18: From Phillip in Sacramento


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 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 good soup!

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.

God Bless!


12/18: From Carlene Paquette, Carp, Canada

Liz - 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.
Flipper hugs

12/14: From Ron Horton, Charlotte, NC

Liz, 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!

12/11: From Chris Gasco, Commerce Twp MI

Kiawah 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, 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.
My results:
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 soup,beer,chocolate brownies,beer,pasta 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 seat 6d..ow.
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.
Chris G

12/8: 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

12/8: From Bill Hermann in San Diego (Penguin Runners list)

I have to confess. I train and I think of Liz every time...but I haven't been able to find the words, express what I feel about this whole matter.
When 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.
Bill Hermann
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.

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The Lyrics:

It's 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

It's 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


And 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