After the Sunday morning flea market I drove on over to watch the runners come in from the Santa Rosa half and full marathon runs. I selected a spot at the 25 mile mark (12 mile for the halfers) and see how they were doing after three hours of running with one mile plus left to go.
Of course it made me long to be among them as I sat by the wayside.
Back in 1982 I took on the San Francisco marathon.
I only had the desire to do just one marathon, no more.
My goal was to come in under the 3 hour mark, if I could.
Well I did it, with less than 30 seconds to spare. 2:59: something. I've since lost my results.
I vowed never again! I stuck to the half marathon and under races from then on.
Then knee problems forced me to quit running for 20 years.
Today, when I thought I would never be able to run again, I can.
Albeit much slower. Very much slower.
The runners I watched were inspirational
and motivated me to think
maybe next year I might just give it a go.
The is the half marathon. Remember my vow?