Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mermaid 5K

I did the Mermaid San Francisco 5k a few weeks ago. I've done this race nearly every year for probably 7 or 8 years now. One year I even did the 10k. It's become somewhat of a tradition among my friends. Some years we get a few more people than others, but there are a few of us who are "regulars."

The race started at 7:15 am the morning after Halloween. Let me just say that driving through San Francisco at 6:00 am the morning after Halloween was quite comical. I saw a number of people still in costume...some looked like they were still partying and others looked like they were doing the walk of shame.

I wasn't even going to do a race report as I really don't have anything to report. There's not much to say about a 5k - especially since I now walk instead of run. It's not like I'm going for a PR or anything. But after seeing the race photos, I had to buy this one - not because I think I look like anything special. What first caught my eye was how cool the bridge looked in the background with the fog burning off. Then I noticed the woman walking behind me and I knew I had to buy this photo.

A true representation of San Francisco.

In other news, I made it back to the pool for the first time in almost a month this morning. I have been really slacking on workouts since the start of October. This coincides with the start of the bathroom remodel project and hockey season. What seemed like a simple project that would take just a few weekends is now going on it's seventh weekend. It absolutely has to get done this weekend since we're hosing Thanksgiving next week.

I can't contribute my lack of workouts entirely to the bathroom project. We've also gone to six Sharks games this season already and it's only mid-November. I feel like I lose two days of workouts due to each hockey game - game day and the day after since I'm out way past my normal bedtime on those nights. And I think I was also wallowing in grief due to the loss of my friend, Vanessa.

But I'm feeling like I turned a corner and I'm ready to get back into a routine. I'm thinking of signing up for a couple of 5ks just to keep myself moving through the winter.

Most people find this time of year the crazy/busy season. But my husband & I always go way low-key for Christmas. Thanksgiving is the bigger holiday for us, so after next week I'll feel like I've got more time for myself.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Until We Meet Again, My Friend

I said good-bye to a dear friend last night. I don't ever remember when we met. It was like she was just suddenly part of my life...until now she isn't.

Cancer may have taken you too soon, but our memories will live forever in my heart. Countless Sharks games. Giants games. Happy hours with "the girls." A couple of Bruce Springsteen concerts. I'll never forget you driving us out of AT&T park on the wrong side of the road when we left the concert so we could pass the line of traffic. You practically lived at that ballpark every summer, the huge Giants fan that you were.

I can still hear your loud as it was, it was genuine and inviting. You had so many friends. Everyone loved you. It was easy to.  You lived your life out loud. I will always admire you for that.

Vanessa, I miss you already.

After Glow

"I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, 
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, 
To dry before the sun 
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done."