A SPECIAL HOLIDAY BLOG, SO BE PREPARED!
Wow, what a year! Many ups and downs throughout with lots of new experiences. Two months ago I thought I would be in a different place. Well, how things change....again. Life is full of changes and challenges. So once again, due to unforeseen circumstances, I'm back running to celebrate this Holy Day of Christmas with plenty of time to reflect on the past year and think about all of those special people, family and friends who have been a great help for me for whatever. Merry Christmas!!
One change on the 24 hour run, since I have signed up to run a 100K two weeks from now I thought it might be a good thing not to run 100+ miles on Christmas. Instead I've entered The Holiday Marathons in NYC organized by Mike and Mike and will run the marathon plus some more to make it just a 50K or so and then spend time with family in CT.
Just before driving down to CT on Friday I stopped by the post office to get my mail. On the display board there were sayings from the 1st grade class at CCS. One of them caught my eye. It said:
Where there is honesty, there is understanding.
Where there is fairness, there is peace.
Where there is sharing, there is friendship.
Where there is love, there is fulfillment.
Pretty good for a first grader and great not only for the holidays but all year long. Too bad adults can't always think this way. This one's for you Kelly.
Then is was "The Santa Clause", another movie favorite. I sometimes wish I could have the job of Santa Claus. I would do that in a heartbeat! Then off to bed for some sleep before Santa arrives.
Christmas Marathon/50K Race Report:
Christmas morning, up early and on the road to the Holiday Marathons to be held this year at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers, NY after a waffle and banana breakfast. Just over an hour drive which isn't bad and sure beats sleeping in the cold at hotel Ford. I arrived just before 9:00 AM and ran into friend, race director and former pacer for me at the WS 100 years ago, Mike Oliva. Mike was getting the start area set up and about to head out to mark the course. The other RD, Mike Arnstein hadn't yet arrived. There were two trees at the start area designated for gifts. One was for a grab bag after you were done with your race. If you brought a gift, you could get one at the end. The other tree was for Toys for Tots. It was fun going out Christmas Eve to buy toys for some child who might not have a Christmas. After the race, the toys were going to be delivered to the children.
|20 " Candy Cane
More pics of the Christmas Marathon .
|RD and friend Mike Oliva and Jack at the finish by the finishing Gong
So ends the race season for 2011, I think??
END OF THE YEAR SUMMARY:
As I end the year, I sit back and think of the year gone by. It had some great moments and it had some not so good times. I had a great trip to Europe, my first ever while competing in the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. The scenery was like I've never seen before. That was definitely a high point. Throughout the year I had some good races and some not so good races but it's always a great day on the trails. Besides my trip to Europe, I traveled around to places like Texas, Virginia, NY and Washington state. I had some great times running with new and old friends throughout the year and have met some wonderful folks from all around the world. I had some foot issues mid year that slowed me down and even a DNF at the Finger Lakes 50K, not good, but I was able to work through it with the help of Doc Rinaldi and changed my work schedule and bounced back. Energy levels were up and down. So as an experiment this meat and potatoes guy, has now gone without meat for three months. So far so good. I changed my residence and purchased some real estate this spring and hope to build a new home on the land this coming year. I thought I was to be married in October, (a high point) only to find out that the person who I thought I knew for eight years has totally different values and beliefs than me about commitment, honesty, fidelity and trust, values which I believe are key to any successful relationship. So no marriage. A sad ending to the year and the end of another chapter of life. But to finish on a positive note it is a New Year ahead and another chapter begins! I have a lot to look forward to and a lot of great friends to be thankful for :) Now it's time to plan out the race schedule for 2012. So far on the horizon, it's the Bandera 100K in two weeks in Texas and the MMT 100 in Virginia in May. The rest of the schedule to be determined. Just last week I did receive my new passport, so who knows where in the world I may end up :)
A little Karma to end the year and to start the new year with, one of my favorites. (I have one of these happy Buddhas and rub his belly at least once a day):
The decisions you make and the way you treat people will someday come back to stare you in the face. If you are good and kind to people they will treat you kind. If you are cruel to people and make bad decisions then life will not be so kind to you.
Happy New Year to All !!
And remember "Impossible is Nothing!"
And remember "Impossible is Nothing!"