As I had mentioned in a prior post, my sister was in town for a bit. We spent more time together on Memorial Day and just chilled out at the beach. It was also the first time in a long time that I was able to spend quality time with my own family. Yes, we see each other every day, but to actually have the five of us spending time together joyfully interacting was wonderful. Life becomes busy and we don't always get the chance to enjoy our own company.
My daughter graduated from Grossmont College with an Associates of Arts degree and a certificate in Dance, and will be transferring to San Diego State University.
Next on the agenda is everything that leads to the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday, June 6, 2010. I truly wanted to be running the full marathon, but it was not to be. Next year. I am thrilled to be participating in the half marathon with no time expectations. I really haven't trained for it, but I know I can finish it since I already have the mileage base. I'm not experiencing any pre race jitters, anxiety or nervousness. I'm keeping an open mind.
Friday afternoon hubs and I attended the expo to pick up our race numbers and swag. We brought cameras, but didn't take a lot of pictures because it's pretty much the same as it always is, since we've done a few Rock 'n' Roll events. We did see our niece's BFF, Mandy, working at the Sports Authority section, who we did not expect to see:
Mandy has become like another niece. :)
After the expo and a quick trip to Movin' Shoes to use a gift certificate for Gu and a water bottle, we made a brief stop at home, then back out to the San Diego Track Club's annual Rockin' 'n' Runnin' pasta dinner. I love attending this dinner because we get to see what everyone looks like all cleaned up. We're used to seeing each other in running garb and sweaty. There were many highlights of this evening for me. I shared a table with friends:
"Making a difference" at our dinner table.
Before the dinner started, Hubs noticed a couple of people talking to Meb Keflezighi, 2004 Olympic silver medalist, 2009 New York City Marathon winner and our guest speaker. Since there weren't hoards of people wanting to talk to him, I took the opportunity to meet him. He was so gracious. I mentioned that we shared a similar injury, the hip fracture, and, without missing a beat, he said, "what is wrong with us?" LOL. Then HE started asking ME questions about my injury, if I had surgery, if one leg is longer than the other, about therapy and if I'm still running, etc. I'm sure he's had a busy day, since he spoke at the expo and met people for a few hours there, THEN came to our track club's event. I was impressed that he took the time to talk to and listen to each of us who met with him. I must admit that I kind of dorked out and was all giddy afterward.
Meb & me.
Is this so cool or what?
In all seriousness, it was wonderful meeting Meb. Ever since I found out about his hip fracture, and to come back to WIN the New York City Marathon is such an inspiration to me. Even though we're at polar ends of the running spectrum, he gives me hope that I, too, can persevere.
It just wouldn't be a pre race blog post if I didn't post a picture of my race number and what I'm wearing:
My new fuchsia tank top and a Runningskirts.com floral print skirt. If I can't set any PRs, then I might as well look cute. I have this thing about numbers, and this race number contains 5s, which are usually good for me.
Send some positive thoughts to my hubs. He's running the full marathon and dealing with plantar faciitis.
See you on the other side of the finish line!
Don't Speak - No Doubt - Katiefeldmom