Wednesday, June 24, 2009

3 May 2009 - two years ago I ran in my 4th marathon, the inaugural Eugene marathon, for my 4th marathon I I knocked 1 hour and 20 minutes off of my last marathon time. So I was really looking forward to the 2008 marathon, I began training for it I got to training mile 18 but came up lame and never completed mile 18, and never got better, so instead of running the marathon I sang the National Anthem at the beginning of the race, it as a good experience but I felt kind of empty at I watched the runners go by me. I worked hard to try to get back to running, but a year later I was still having problems with my knee and haven't run more than 4 miles and even then it was with pain. So knowing that I would not be running the 2009 Eugene Marathon I put together a team for a marathon water station "Those who can run marathons do, those who can't...volunteer". So along with fellow board members from the Lane County Chapter of the University of Oregon Alumni Association (LCAC) we manned the second water station on the marathon route. I found great joy in handing cups of water and Gatorade to the thousands of runners and walkers passing by our water Station, I laughed and talked with my fellow LCAC members as we found ourselves soaking wet not necessarily from the falling rain, but from spilling the cups of water on our feet, also being sticky from the elbows down from stirring ans spilling Gatorade. It really was a fun and memorable experience but once again, I wish that I could have been on the other side of the water station, running knee is no better I can walk and sometimes ride a bike fairly well but as soon as I go to run on my knee it hurts....Stupid Knee.

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