I am not a morning person. Never have been, never will be. Add a Monday morning after a lovely long weekend and you would have seen me in a zombified state shuffling around the house not making eye contact with anyone. Add the few extra pounds I’ve put on from Thanksgiving and my lack of running discipline for my Dutchman training and I was feeling seriously down in the dumps.
There was a reminder alarm on my phone to register for The New York Marathon. Oh, RIGHT!! After my shower I plopped down and logged in. And just like that, I wasn’t only in the queue ... I was ACCEPTED into NYC! 11/2/14!!
And, for the first time ever, the world was introduced to Kathy the Morning Person!!! Woo hoo!!! Alas, only Elizabeth and Ruby Dog were present to witness such a monumental event. Ah well, it was nice while it lasted.
So, first of all, all of you who are in the lottery - do NOT worry. That is still months away. I’ve been rejected three years in a row and this year was my guaranteed entry. However, this is the LAST year that they will accommodating this kind of entry. I barely squeaked in. Clearly, this was meant to be!!! Extra exciting that Marcia has also been accepted!!
I’ve needed something like this so very, VERY much. 2013 has not been one of my better years. I’ve had so many wonderful people pass away that I actually have to sit down and recount ... I’m honestly starting to forget, even getting used to it. That is so wrong.
My grandmother, Ruth - “The Mama”, passed on 10 days ago. She was my only grandparent that I really ever knew. Mom’s parents passed away long before I came along and my grandfather was not exactly the fatherly type.
|The lovely Ruth McGavock|
She was a wonderful grandmother. I spent many summers with her in Southern California as a kid - some of the best summers of my life. She helped build the foundation of my love for family, food, old movies, and theater.
|Just as I did, my kids loved their Mama|
It’s been a long goodbye. Dementia has been cruel and it’s been a sad couple of years. While we all know that she had no quality of life and it was certainly time to go ... it stings. She was a real presence and her absence is eerily quiet. But, to make it to 93. Tell me that’s not huge. Hmm ... 93 = 15K. I feel a virtual race in the works.
So I’m heading back to Cali this weekend for the funeral. And planning on running along the beach every chance I get to clear my mind.
So, back to the present. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And onward to Christmas. I suppose I wasn’t meant to run The California International Marathon as it turned out to be the exact same time as Mama’s funeral. But love and WOOT to Jill and Katie who will be running it!
I’m still thoroughly enjoying my donkeys. I’ve started running!!! Evan is now volunteering at the rescue with me and is head over heels for them, too. He’s got a very special bond with an abused little guy named Boyd. Boyd has no tail due damage from being roped. He’s extremely shy but he and Evan are buddies. Does my heart good ... though I do wish we had some property to take him home with us. That will never happen, but at least we get to see him every week. And I named one of our new females Ruth ... because I can.
|My first run with Bliss - going strong|
|Until a dog started barking at her and she decided it was best to proceed with caution.|
|Evan obstacle training with Boyd|
|It's all about the buddy system|
Onwards to a much better 2014. Better health for everyone and better running for me. So far here’s the plan ...
- Lost Dutchman Marathon 2/16/14
|Had no clue this was the logo until after I registered …. Arizona and a donkey?? Kismet!|
- Canyonlands Half Marathon 3/15/2014
- Lots and lots of trail running and pack burro racing all summer - I’ve got 5 races in sight if I can pull them off! Georgetown, Idaho Springs, Leadville, Buena Vista, and (the grand daddy) Fairplay.
- New York Marathon 11/2/14