I’m turning 50 this year and I’m pretty damned excited about. Sounds nuts, but that’s the honest truth. I have some ridiculous fears about it as well. My mom’s dad at 51 – heart attack in his sleep. My mom died at 61 – heart attack (she collapsed at her desk at work, was in a coma for 6 days then died). I deal with this every year at this time because we had an earthquake on 2/28/01, then at 8:15am 3/1/15 I got the call to get to the hospital. I has spoken to her less than 1/2 hour earlier (Rabbit, Rabbit – I got her, crap). The thing is, I don’t want to be depressed about her being gone. It sucks ass, no doubt about it. So much I wanna share with her but she’s not around. That said though, my guy is around. My kids are around. My friends are around. My “friends in my phone” (Sub30 running group online) are around. And this year in going to find the silver lining in life.
Tomorrow I’m running the Hot Chocolate 15k with Red again, and with my girlfriend Trish who I’ve known since 5th grade. 5 seems to be a magic number – it’s everywhere!
In two weeks, I’m running a local 5k (whoa, there it is again) on Pi Day 3.14.25 at 9:26. April 4th, Red and I are heading to Bend to run The Horse Butte 10 Miler with my brother and his wife. Because even though the altitude difference is a killer, running with my brother is one of my favorite things. The weekend after that (FREE – thanks to Gametiime) the Blooms to Brews half marathon, that I’ve wanted to do for two years.
And then ‘shit is getting real’ and April 24th I start actual, for real, group training for 24 weeks with two coaches! Paid money – real deal! I will either focus on PRing my half marathon time or braving the Victoria Goodlife Marathon with Trish. Because…50. Mid-way through training I get to do Ragnar NW Passage.
Seriously – this IS going to be a freaking awesome year.