It’s Time To Go!!

This will be perhaps the final update prior to next weekend’s Citrus Heritage half-marathon. Packet pickup is a week from today. Had a very good weekend following last Friday’s stroll. Other than daily stretching, followed Dr. Marrs recommendation and took the remainder of the weekend to rest. Moved the legs on the road for about an hour Monday and Wednesday. Worked out on bike for an hour Tuesday and today to change things up. Very pleased with Monday/Wednesday road work. Legs were much lighter. Turnover was faster. Low back, hamstrings, quads, right ankle much more cooperative. Saw Dr. Marrs and staff three times this week for extra work to aid healing and recovery.

Brought 2014 to a happy conclusion enjoying a night of games and snacks with friends New Years Eve. Smiles and laughter rule the room when Cheryl and I are surrounded by our game night group. It’s a great way for all of us to step away from whatever else may be going on in our daily lives.

Took New Years Day to relax and travel to Pasadena for the Rose Parade. Cheryl, her sister, Jennise, the Marrs and I had a great time enjoying the music, beautiful floats. Lots of eating and laughter was also interspersed throughout the day.

Bumps and bruises are healing nicely from last weekend’s fall, including the black eye. Toughest heal seems to be right index finger. Not really surprised since brunt of injury/bruise is around a joint. I know those types of injuries can take longer to feel better than we would like.

Hard to believe we’ll be in Riverside this time next week. But that’s been the goal since this journey began shortly after Cheryl and I arrived and called Hemet home. In spite of hitting a bump last week and at various times along the way, I’m entering race week healthy and looking forward to the challenge. I’ll do enough to keep moving, eating, resting while having Dr. Marrs and staff work out any kinks they find…all the standard stuff that’s been found to work best for me when in taper mode. Haven’t taken on 13 miles or more since training for New York in 2012. Looking forward to Warren being here to join in on the fun. Thankful for the opportunity to dedicate the weekend and the miles that come with it to my young friend, Dylan, and his mother, Linda. Dylan has C P. But Dylan doesn’t live with Cerebral Palsy. It lives with him. And his mother expects nothing less. Thankful for all who will be there on Saturday whether in person or in spirit to provide support and encouragement. Thankful for Cheryl. She’s not only my wife. She’s my biggest encourager and supporter. Other than the two people who brought me into the world, I know she loves me unconditionally like no one else. She was the first one to tell me to take this on. She tells me it’s important for me to keep doing what I do and share it with the world. I can promise her this. I’ll keep doing what I do for as long as God allows. Life is more than about a half-marathon. It’s about living life to the fullest. It’s about using the gifts God has given me to serve Him and those around us. He expects nothing less from me.

Thanks to all who have held me accountable throughout this journey. Excited to see what the body of an old dude with an attitude can do. So let’s do this!! It’s time to go. I’m just sayin’. Yeah baby!!

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