- A woman on the same fund-raising team (there are 5 of us) called me at mile 21 of the San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon. She has the same injury as I do, and she started the race thinking she would run 3 miles, but she kept going and ended up finishing. She called me at mile 21 because her spirits were flagging - and she called me(?) and kept going. How awesome. My whole team finished. (if you would care to donate, send me an e-mail and I will let you know how - I am raising funds for the Dominican Sisters Home Health Agency - they provide free in-home healthcare for the indigent elderly and get NO government money)
- I called my Anchorage nephew yesterday. My mind got to working on me, and I had myself convinced that it was insane to stay at someone's house, relative or not, for so many days. I was going to extend my stay at Denali... but my nephew encouraged me not to. He has so many plans for us. My brother and sister-in-law (his dad and mom) will be there at the same time and they are the ultimate tourists - which is fun. I am sure we will have fun, we are taking a fishing charter, etc. This trip is only 17 days away!!!!!
So, this morning, I am going to go out in the cool morning air, smelling these roses on the side of my house on the way out and on the way back, and I am going to run. I will run 3 miles. I will not push myself further or faster. I will just run. I think I can do a half-marathon in Alaska on June 21. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
And my nephew is still sober. Some day soon I hope we will be able to have an AA group between us - between us family members. I hope to God we do. This disease is rampant in my family and it is just killer. And for most of us, we think we are just fine because we live in nice houses, drive nice cars, wear nice clothes, etc. While we drink our lives away.
Thank God for a new way of life. Thanks y'all. And leave a comment, OK?