JUST FOR FUN MELBOURNE 2013

WHAT HAD BEEN PLANNED AS A FAMILY OUTING GOT ADJUSTED TO A SOLO TRIP TO MELBOURNE DUE TO DEBBIE RECOVERING FROM THE FLU (CRUD).  THIS WAS NOT A NEW STATE, I DID IT LAST YEAR BUT LOVED THE SWAG-HAT AND SHIRT AND MEDAL AND DECIDED  A NEW COOL  GOAL COULD BE TO RUN ALL THE 26.2’S IN FLA WHEN THE 50  STATES ARE DONE.

 STOPPED BY PORT ST LUCIE TO SAY HI TO MOM AND BRING HER SOME VALENTINE DECORATIONS.  THE PARTY STORE IS MY NEW FAVORITE HANGOUT, SO MANY FUN THINGS  IN THERE TO PARTY DOWN AT WORK AND HOME. LIFE IS A HOLIDAY. START CELEBRATING.

THIS RACE HAS MUSIC EVERYWHERE AND THE HIGHLIGHT IS THE GENTLEMAN IN THE TUX PLAYING A WHITE BABY GRAND IN THE MIDDLE OF A GIANT CAUSEWAY OVER THE INDIAN RIVER. EVEN BETTER HE STAYS FOR BOTH 13 MILE LOOPS OF THE RACE.  THIS IS WHY YOU PIN ON A NUMBER, YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO BE OUT THERE.

BEFORE THE RACE THERE WAS NO TAKERS FOR THE 26.2 PHOTO AS  ALL THE MANIACS THAT WERE AROUND WERE 13.1 PACERS AND WERE RUNNING IN LEOPARD SKIRTS. THEY WERE ALL MEN FYI.

THERE WAS THE FELLOW WHO I SAW A YEAR AGO THAT RAN ACROSS THE COUNTRY CARRYING HIS FLAG.  HE HAD A GOOD CROSSING I HEARD.

I WAS GOING TO BAIL AT THE HALF, HEAD HOME TO NURSE THE BONES BECAUSE MY THIGH HURT. SINCE IT WAS THE HAND CYCLE CHAMPIONSHIP AND MOST OF THE  HAND CYCLE COMPETITORS WERE VETERANS WHO LOST USE OF THEIR LEGS IN COMBAT I SAID : “NANCY SHUT UP AND RUN THIS THING, YOU DO NOT HAVE A  SINGLE SOLITARY PROBLEM. 13 MILES BRING IT ON”. AS SOON AS I TURNED ONTO THE SECOND LAP I FELT TERRIFIC. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING.

LAP 2 WAS GLORIOUS, THE HANDCYCLES FINISHED THE WHOLE MARATHON AT ALMOST 30 MPH I WAS A PRO AT DODGING THEM FROM LAST YEAR. THERE WAS A HUGE MEDAL AT THE FINISH AND GREAT PIZZA. OFFICIALLY FROM WHAT I CAN PROVE THIS WAS LIFETIME MARATHON NUMBER 70. IT WAS A GREAT DAY, I MISSED DEBBIE DOING HER HALF AND I SCOOTED HOME TO ENJOY THE SUPERBOWL. WHAT A GAME.

NEXT STOP IS BATTAN DEATH MARCH IN NEW MEXICO IN MARCH WITH BIG VARIANCE IN TEMPS, ELEVATION AND A LONG SAND PIT , MOSTLY TRAIL.

BE WELL MY FRIENDS,
 CELEBRATE YOUR HEART THIS MONTH.

GET OUT AND PLAY
FONDLY
NW



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