Running With Dad…

Today I ran one of my all time favorite races, the DownTown 5K (formerly known as the CVS Downtown 5K). This was the eighth year in a row that my friend Carol and I have run this race. We’ve had many other friends run with us but we’re the only two who’ve run it each year since 2010.

This year I believe I also ran it with my dad. My dad passed away in May 1989 of colon cancer — He would’ve been 89 this September 21st. So you can imagine my surprise when  I looked up my race number and saw it was 89! Coincidence? — I don’t believe in them. What I do believe is if you’re open to anything you will witness amazing things…

I was so looking forward to running this race, having this very meaningful sign from dad made it all the more special. At the very start of the race a dragon fly flew past me. As the race progressed I felt better and better I was actually passing people! The Sloth, Slogger, penguin runner was passing people.

Then as I came toward the turn back and there was a beautiful black and white springer like the one I had, Eliza Doolittle  never left my dad’s side while dad was dying. Wow dad you even brought Doolittle to cheer me on!

asphalt-clouds-endurance-421160Running up that final hill I found another gear when Glen Millers’s In The Mood, (one of dad’s favorite tunes) started playing on my iPod. I crossed the finish line with a PR and five full minutes faster than I did it last year. Yes dad and I had one heck of a race…

I know a few people may read this and think its crazy talk, believe what you wish. My belief allowed me to run with my father today and to feel his presence, that my friends is a gift!

By the way dad, could you send a little mojo to our Giants tonight?

Run on!

Gin

Past,Present,Future

Ever have one of those days when all aspects of “your” time on the planet align? The past 24 hours have been that way for me…

First the past, yesterday would’ve been my father’s 88th birthday — I spent the day remembering and celebrating him, first with a simple Facebook post acknowledging his birthday. Which he thanked me with a penny I found at the gym (1989 the year he passed.) Before heading for work I made my annual birthday beer visit to his grave. (You see before he passed while he was still lucid I asked him if he wanted me to remember him in a special way and he said on his birthday pour a beer on his grave.) I filled him in on the news: mom’s new living room furniture, my brother and sister-in-law’s recent visit and how the NY Giants suck at the moment. I also told him about my upcoming half marathon and asked for a little help (actually a lot of help). Then I poured the last can of Samuel Adams summer ale on his grave (very fitting as it was the last day of summer).

Present, I accomplished 365 consecutive days of meditating with my insight timer! I’m pretty jazzed about that goal, because I proved to myself I can go the distance. Which is important to my psyche with my 1/2 marathon just a few weeks away. In fact I did a little reconnaissance for the race. First I found where I’m to park for the shuttle on race day then I drove the route to evaluate the hills and to get an idea of where to go (as there will probably be no people running when I finish). I’m feeling ok about the hills the scary part or wild card is weather, wind will not be good. Much of the route is by the Atlantic ocean and a head wind could be brutal. Excessive heat or rain won’t be very welcome either – Keeping my fingers crossed…

Future; every Friday I do my assigned task in my book of Lists, today’s assignment was to list things that mattered 5 years ago that no longer have the same meaning. It was refreshing to see that I’ve grown less concerned with material things and prefer more spiritual pursuits. The second part of my task was to go onto the FutureMe.com site and write an email to myself to be sent sometime in the future I set my birthday 2020. I have my reasons for choosing that date and will share them at another time. I highly recommend you trying this assignment out, it was quite up lifting for me! It should be quite a surprise when I get the email as I’m sure I’ll forget I wrote it!

So there you have it past, present and future. I’ve been blessed. I am blessed and I’m sure I’ll be blessed!

How lucky can one ninja get?

Gin