October 28, 2007
A momentous few weeks, even though I haven’t done a race in 3 of them.
Part of the time was preparing for doing a hash run for the Long Beach Marathon. This isn’t like any training I could do; it’s just running on non-traditional surfaces, and finding the extra time to search out something fun and appropriate.
A few days before the Marathon, our club VP, Win Freeman died of cancer – he was in his 60s. He was up for Runner of the Year, and his death put him over the top. The competition was between him and the guy who jumpstarted our trail running group, Mark Fell. In my mind, this year was the best (and probably only) chance for either to win.
My back has been bugging me quite a bit… not so much that I cannot sleep but I am a bit concerned about whether it is chronic or a minor problem.
Since it is around Halloween, it is the annual LA Cancer Challenge (which benefits pancreatic cancer research). Ed Villalobos and I carpooled. We needed to get back to do the Hash later, so we parked on the street (WA-AY better than parking on the grounds).
Since I am testing the limits of my back pain, I ran all of the hills rather agressively. Since the 10K is two loops, I slowed down considerably on the second loop and ran the hills less aggressively the second time, finishing in 46:07.
After the hash, I went to a party at Deb and Kate’s to celebrate and continue the tradition of now-deceased Win Freeman (see above), who had hosted a Liars’ Party the week after the marathon… the idea being that a week AFTER the marathon, you ‘remember’ how great it was and have lots of ‘wonderful’ stories to tell. He also had a tradition of getting a keg of Shiner Bock (a Texan beer) to celebrate his half or full.
Two of our members had some difficulty lying about how great their marathon went. Colleen Shea, who was close friends with Win, and her husband, Rich Satow, had decided to run Long Beach Marathon (the FULL) in memory of Win. Since he died just 5 days before the race, neither had really trained to do the full (but in full disclosure, both had completed full marathons before). At about 10-12 miles, Colleen had a panic attack or a sudden increase in heart rate that she could not control. She ended up medically removed from the course (and Rich joined her, being only slightly ahead of her and coming back to accompany her to the hospital). More on this in a future post.