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Thursday February 12, 2009

My First Run of the Year and My First Blog

My first race of the year is this weekend and I am so excited. I'll be running in the Lost Dutchman Marathon in Apache Junction, Arizona (just east of Phoenix). It's a race I've wanted to do for a long time and I'm looking forward to the drive, to seeing parts of Phoenix and the Superstition Mountains.

My wife and I are making a Presidents Day holiday trip out of the event - just a quick "hit and run" trip. A one day drive out, one day for the run and one day to drive back. So there won't be much time for sightseeing. But we are planning to stop at Fountain Hills and see the "tallest" fountain in the world. And a quick trip to McDowell Mountain Regional Park to reminise. That's where the Javelina Jundred race is held (my first one hundred mile race). We also want to climb Piestewa Peak. It's named for Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to die in combat in the US military and the first woman soldier killed in action in the 2003 Iraq conflict. Lori's aunt is a friend of my wife's and she is battleing cancer right now. I'm hoping to find some sort of momento to honor her niece and bring back to help cheer her up.

I'm actually pretty apprehensive about this race. I'm just coming back from a serious ankle sprain and just got the OK from my orthopedist to run hard. It's probabably too far for a first effort and I don't particularly like marathons. I even considered doing the Half. But I have big plans and doing anything shorter would leave me way behing the training profile I need to be on. One great thing about my job is that I know ahead of time that the next two years will be relatively slow. No working 14 hour days for three straight months, no graveyard shifts, no pulling my beard out. And I'm not getting any younger. As my father is fond of saying: "You're no spring chicken". I don't know how may years of running I have left. So I'm hoping to hit the trails pretty hard and do some things I've always wanted to do. Not to mention the fact that I wont have a life in 2011, so the time is now.

We will be staying with some friends in Apache Junction (they have a trailer in their back yard). It just so happens that they live one mile from the Expo and about 2 miles from the Finish area. Couldn't get more convient than that. And they seem pretty excited about the race.

I bought this domain name last year and I've been so busy with work and variety of personal disasters that I haven't been able to put anything up. And I haven't figured out the software for web pages and blogs yet. But I really wanted to get started, so I fell back on one of my favorite sayings: "When in dought, use brute force". So I'm writing my own web pages in raw html. It's going to be very "vanilla" and not very attractive. This just seemed like a good time to start. It's also my mothers Birthday today. Its been a year and a half since she died and one of my fondest memories of her is when she would type up letters and school papers as I would dictate them to her. It was a very dynamic and creative process. We would bounce ideas off each other and I would walk around as I dictated. There was a music-like rhythm to it, bounded by my plodding thought process & slow pacing and the lightning speed of her typing. I still miss you Mim...

In reality, I've been writing things for this blog in my head for the last ten years. The primary reason I bought a digital camera last year was to put pictures up on my as yet non-existant home page. So I have lots of ideas of things to add. And I haven't even mentioned my central topic - Angeles Crest. That will have to wait for another day (another blog) when I am more net savy. It will just take some time while I learn the software. In the mean time, I'll get this up on the World Wide Web tomorrow and see where things go from there...