January 20, 2015

Race Across the US

Runners Line Up at Start of Race Across US
Last Friday I had the opportunity to watch the start of the Race Across the US. Twelve runners lined up to run what will be 117 marathons back-to-back across the United States. Over 4 and half months these good people will be running. They are running with a goal of inspiring a healthier generation - to fight childhood obesity.

Race Across US Runners
Finally, the obsessions and the compulsions and all the disorders we runners possess, they scampered off on that morning, away and into the unknown.

I'm glad to be a runner.

California Runners in Race Across US


January 11, 2015

Confession of a Guilty Runner

I never thought I’d be in this position. The end of a long-term relationship, parting ways after years with a wonderful partner. It’s really hard, to move on, but it had to happen. And it was me who decided to do it.

There were signs, particularly in the last year or so, that the relationship wasn’t going to survive. I feel guilty, but more than anything I feel sad. Sad from all the memories I have of the things we did together. We accomplished so much! But it just couldn’t last. I tried everything to keep things going. But there is only so much one person can do to fix this kind of relationship.

So now I start over. Turn a new leaf as they say. I never thought I'd be here, and I’m a little nervous about it. I'm nervous I won't find a new partner, particularly one that will go the distance with me, and one that doesn’t bring me pain.

It’s been years since I’ve been on my own like this. And there is no doubt about it, I’m totally out of my element. I’ve “gone out” a couple of times but haven’t found that special one. I'm trying not to focus on things like looks because, as we runners know, what really matters is sole.  

Goodbye Hoka Stinsons. I will miss you.

January 5, 2015

Once In a While

Sunset over Upper Newport Bay
Once in a while on a run you just have to stop...and look around. Tonight I did just that.