October 13 will mark the 13th running of the Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure held in Vancouver, WA. The event offers a half marathon, 10K and 5K, and was designed to bring women together to support and raise funds for breast cancer research, care and treatment.
Our pace had slowed to a sun-beaten crawl, and the shade that seemed to cover the trail kept hopelessly receding. The final climb of our rim-to-rim-to-rim adventure was easily one of the hardest things I’ve pushed through and I couldn’t help but let my thoughts turn to refreshment at the top: chips and salsa and… beer.
I am a runner—a senior runner. I have been running since I joined the track team at Roosevelt Junior High School—nearly 60 years ago! I never won any races, but I remember very well the good feelings and self-esteem I enjoyed after a hard workout or race.
I’ve become a curmudgeon of a swim coach late in my triathlon career, so bear with me as I air a grievance. For example, I give my swimmers something simple but hard, the classic 20x100 on 1:30, aiming to hold 1:25 per repeat.
It's grey, cold, and dumping buckets outside. I've been in a car for six hours listening to the strum thwack of wipers, squinting to determine if I'm staying between the striped lines, and white-knuckling the steering wheel driving to Marin, CA.
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