Sunday, November 16, 2008

Disappointed, not dismayed


The inaugural Pasadena Marathon was canceled at 4 am.

I didn't find out until after my early rise, smoothie, and energy bar. At first I didn't believe the electronic signs along the freeway saying "Pasadena Marathon Canceled." I thought, "maybe the half marathon is still on." But when I pulled into the parking lot just before 5:30, the officer informed me that, indeed, all race activities for the day were called off by the city and Kaiser Permanente, the primary sponsor of the event. Kaiser is one of the country's largest not-for-profit health plan providers, so if anyone can be in a position to evaluate the health consequences of running long distances is particulate saturated air, I guess Kaiser can. They did anyway.

Coming home from Pasadena, I drove within sight of one of the raging fires plaguing the region. Memories of last October.

Now the reality is kicking in for me: I've rested two straight days, had an easy taper week, and need to run. I feel a 12 mile run coming on this evening. Smoke or no smoke. With Radiohead.

5 comments:

Skywalker said...

John,

I am sorry about the cancellation. Perhaps you can try it next time. I have an idea. You and I should run together once I am back to the States again. I am always wantting to be a good runner. Unfortunately, without any formal training, I don't think I can master this sport but at least try it once. Just like the greatest hiking we did together several years ago, I will never give up!

Anyway, Happy Christmas and Merry New Year to you and your family.

P.S. I have been emailing you with some of my updates but got no response from you. Wondering what's happened!

NAVAL LANGA said...

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Skywalker said...

John, I thought I left you a comment a while ago for this post. But where did the comment go? I am just wondering....

Also, no emails from you yet so far with any updates. What's happening?

spoden said...

Naval,
I am afraid I have not been keeping my blog up to date. Your recent comment has reginited my spirits. I will visit your blog and mine. I look forward to reading your short stories. Please stay tuned to me...things are fermenting.

Skywalker said...

John, are you still running?