|Date:||7/25/2009 7:00 AM|
|Course:||Mr. T’s 10 mile loop|
|Pace:||12:14 / mile|
|Shoe:||Mizuno Alchemy Lime|
VO2 Max: 25.2
The main thing I have to say about this run, is that it was a strong, good run. Only stopped one unscheduled time, 9 miles in. I like how I finished strong, and for me, this time is completely acceptable.
I have one beef: There is a mentor who treats the runners like children. She came by me in the beginning with her wagging finger that I should not be wearing headphones. I ignored her. Later, as I looked up, she was running double on a street, and crossing (!) against the lights! As I came in, she says in her oh-so-sarcastic-passive-aggressive way, “Look, there’s Linda, my inspiration with the head phones…” and on and on. Trying to make a joke of it. I ignored her.
My mom’s last remaining relative in her generation died today. He was 90 years old. A great OB/GYN and a physician at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, in his prime. He always made me laugh. Was so warm and loving, and loved my mother dearly.
On her 6th birthday, on December 7, 1941, her party was cancelled, because all her male relatives had to go to war. Jimmy was in the Army at Fort Ord in Monterey…He and a friend were spending the weekend visiting my Mom’s family in Selma. (You may remember the story of the hobos, here.) He was awakened from a nap by My Grandfather , telling him, “Jim, you have to go now, and report to Fort Ord. The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor.” My cousin was reported to say, “Where the hell is Pearl Harbor??”
I remember him as smiling, cracking jokes, always kind, a warm home. His youngest son Kim has cerebral palsy, and he and his wife Jerrie cared for him their whole life, until very recently. Their home always seemed to have an American Flag, and it’s decor was immaculate and beautiful.
He died today, leaving my Mom as the oldest in her family. I guess the reason he is so special, is that my Mom always turned to him when she had things on her mind. He helped her when my grandmother was dying. They were very close, and she loved him immensely. He leaves behind his wife, and three sons. I bought flowers. We will lift our glasses to him tonight. Hug the ones you’re with. This life is not a dress rehearsal.