Blair’s Weekly Update 12-11-2011

Congratulations – You did it!!!

Under almost perfect race conditions, our members joined the 20,000+ runners in the 2011 Marathon. Cool breezes and cloudy skies with some precipitation helped make our run very “runner friendly”.

While most saw the “elite” runners returning on the opposite side of the road and set records, many forged their own “elite or personal bests” as they crossed the finish line. As an example, White group member Berrie finished his first ever marathon in six hours even though he was going through kidney dialysis three times a week. And, never mind that he is in his seventh decade of life!! Grey group leader Ivie, while leading her group on a weekday run seriously bruised her leg and bumped her head in a collision a week before the marathon – yet, she finished in less than five hours. I am sure that there are many more inspiring stories which will amaze at the picnic on Sunday (be there). To everyone who completed the marathon, great job!! UDABEST!!

The “Monday-After” Dinner

Over 140 runners and friends gathered at Dave and Buster’s to celebrate the completion of their marathon. Spirits were high and the room was abuzz with lots of chatter and warm, positive emotions. The venue was perfect-we had a private theatre-like room with great food and service. As usual, Peter was a great emcee who acknowledged the various contributors to the clinic and welcomed our annual guests, the Tokushima Running Club from Japan. We had guests from Japan, Guam, the neighbor islands and of course the mainland! Gerald and his wife, who (dat) made a special trip from the New Orleans area to participate in the marathon, are weekly readers of our updates. They pay special attention to Grey group leader Ivie’s comments. Ivie, a big fan of Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints often mentions “Saint-isms” much to Gerald’s approval.

Dr. Scaff extended his regrets as a personal matter popped up and he and Donna could not attend.

Special thanks go to Board Member and Beginner’s Group Leader Norm Uyeda for organizing the great evening! (Just my humble opinion – in my 10 years of attending this event, the dinner was one of the best if not the best! Thanks to all of the attendees for making it such a fun event!)

Da Comment Corner

Da Stairs

Climbing up no problem; coming down, big problem! As we face going down the stairwell, one’s aching thighs scream out, “eh, take it easy; hold the railing, step sideways and one leg at a time!” Can we relate?

After the Fact-License to Eat

I eagerly await “carbo loading time” (approximately one week before the marathon). I can order and eat all the noodles in the Zipmin at Zippy’s without guilt. Or, order extra mac salad with my BBQ Steak Plate at Rainbow Drive Inn. And, forget the half order of grilled browned potatoes as my starch; give me the full order of pasta along with my Veal Masala, please (at Verbano)!

Post marathon comments– the Salad Bar at Whole Foods; the “Healthy Omelette” at Big City Diner (egg whites, tofu, mushrooms, spinach, and cheese).

Clinic’s “After the Marathon” Picnic December 18th

It is a great time to compare notes about one’s marathon and bid farewell to your fellow group members till next year. Also, good time to thank your staff leaders for their help throughout the year.

Chili and rice and drinks served but welcome other potluck items. Desserts,
salads, and main dishes would be very much be appreciated. Clinic starts at 7:30 a.m. as usual. Doc has a short talk then most members go for a short ‘recovery run or walk” while the staff gets ready for the picnic. Picnic starts when everyone gets back – around 9:00 a.m.

Cost $1.

Hiatus

The updates will be on “leave” until the clinic starts up in March next year! Thanks for your very nice comments and see you next year!

Happy Holidays!

Blair