Saturday, November 21, 2009

I Should Have Known Better

With some underlying paranoia about my foot, I sent an e-mail to Justin at RU (Bryan was out of town) with my concerns and if there were anything else I should be doing. I really shouldn't be surprised, but he said I should be keeping up my cardio (recumbent bike and/or swimming) plus lunge and squat matrices. I should have known. It seems like that's the fix it for everything. I'm not kidding. If I said my eye hurt I'm sure I'd be told to do some sort of lunge or squat matrix. I'm beginning to think the lunge and squat matrix is sort of like the Windex in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It fixes/cures everything.

Gus and his Windex

Last night Michael and I attended the San Diego Track Club's award dinner at the Hall of Champions - Balboa Park. I've never been to the Hall of Champions before. It's the home of many local athlete's awards, uniforms, gear and Sports History in San Diego. It was quite impressive and still had that"new" feeling to it, even though it has been there for a while. Monique Henderson, an Olympic gold medalist and local athlete, was the keynote speaker. She was kind enough to stand for photos with her gold medals and let us hold them. Wow. The medals are beautiful. I suppose it will be the only time I'll ever get to hold an Olympic medal. Monique was so gracious. An event photographer was present, and I'll see if I can post the photo with Monique once it's available.

Keynote speaker - Olympic Gold Medalist, Monique Henderson

There was also a large floor area set up with round banquet tables decorated in blue and white linens with the SDTC logos and flower arrangements. The set-up was quite lovely. Track club members slowly trickled in, and we began to see many of our friends. I felt very fortunate to share a table with the wonderful people pictured here:

Anne and Gilbert

Jesu and Patricia

Dan and Jody


Just like other SDTC dinners we've been to, some people are difficult to recognize without donning their running gear. Someone came up to me and said that she almost didn't recognize me without my hat and sunglasses.

Unlike other SDTC dinners we've been to, they served alcohol, and not just wine and beer. I'm not a big beer drinker and I'm allergic to many wines, so whoopie for me. I could have a vodka-cranberry.

Awards were given out and many were no surprise, but there were a couple of awards that were a surprise to the recipients. Our coach Paul Greer received a Presidential award for promoting fitness. He was overwhelmed and emotional. I can't think of a better recipient. I understand that there were only 6 of these awards given out, nation wide. Another award, the Spirit of SDTC, went to a track club member who we often run with, Marison. I was quite thrilled for her and it felt like a family member had won. This past year she has been more involved and has really come through for the club in a pinch. She's also one of the nicest people you would ever meet.

The foot is feeling better, *whew* but still a tiny bit sensitive. I'll attempt an easy, slow run on Tuesday morning.

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving? Me either.

Yesterday's song:
Get Over It - The Eagles



Dori said...


Sounds like a great night. I'm glad your foot is feeling better. Maybe I should start doing squats and lunges, if they're such a cure-all.

Rookie on the Run said...

Hmmm... squats and lunges... sounds familiar.

Sounds like a great time at your dinner! Vodka and cranberry sounds a little like a Cosmo (yummy).

I'm glad your foot is feeling better. I hope it continues to get better and better!

Aka Alice said...

LMAO at the lunge and squat matrices being like Windex. I could have told you that's what you'd be told to do...hahahahaha

Absolutely Paul deserves the award. He is amazing.

Take it easy this week.

Meg Runs said...

So happy for Paul, he deserves that award and more. Thanks for the pictures of the event, it's neat to see all of you in "real" clothes and make-up! Fun!
Hope your foot feels better...don't get the squat thing, please explain!!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

love the analogy to windex! :D Hope the foot continues to feel better :)

KatieFeldmom said...

LOL at the Windex analogy!!! Hope your toe is back to 100% soon!!!

Jill said...

I went to a running meeting once and Lorraine Moller, who won the '92 Olympic marathon bronze medal was there to let us hold it. Wow!! Glad you got to experience that!!

Like your windex, I am convinced my calf is the problem for all aches, pains, and things out of whack - even a bad hair day!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Deene said...

yep, windex is just like duct tape. it fixes everything.
glad your foot is feeling better.
i don't even like turkey but i always get appointed kitchen duty. happy thanksgiving!

Cindy said...

Irene, Thanks for the pics of the awards dinner! And for posting the photo of Marison. I agree - she's one of the nicest people ever - but then, so's the author of this blog!!