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Tomorrow is the Long Beach Half Marathon

Posted Oct 18 2008 2:34pm

Well, tomorrow is the half, which is the halfway point to my goal. I’ve trained now for several months, taking my long morning runs before the sun peeks over the clouds.

I’ve gathered my necessities:

gel pack

gatorade

fanny pack

tissues

IPOD

few dollars

clothes and gear

The weather is supposed to be cold and overcast, yay! I’m so excited. I can’ t run in the heat, and since this run starts at 7:30, when I am usually winding up my runs, I’ve been concerned about the heat. This morning is is rainy and overcast, so if it is like this tomorrow that would be fantastic.

I received an email yesterday that one of my close friends passed away the night before due to what they believe might have been bronchitis or complications of. A few hours laterIi learned that a family friend has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He has three young children and while in his mid-thirties should have years and years of life before him.

It was a horrendous day, and I querstioned why I was going to try this race, and then the 26.2.

Then I woke this morning and decided I would run this in memory of my friend Karen and with our other friend in my mind. I can get out there and do this. I have the training behind me, and I am alive, and I know that she will be watching and cheering me on.

Yesterday I was dreading this race; today, I can’t wait.

I’ll report back and let you know how it goes!

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