I am dedicating each mile that I run in the Pasadena Marathon to another Marine Corps hero who has made the ultimate sacrifice, so that in my own small way, they may be honored, acknowledged, and remembered.
Action 470 – Honor Heroes (Mile 25). I will run mile twenty-five in honor of SSgt. Stephen Dunning. He was killed when a booby trap connected to a device he had just disarmed exploded, his father said. Almost a month before his death, he had been promoted to staff sergeant.
I will run this mile in honor of this fallen Marine warrior, son and brother. Semper Fi, Staff Sergeant.
Marine Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Dunning died October 27, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom; He was 31, of Milpitas, Calif.; assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan; died Oct. 27 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
(Photo and summary courtesy of militarytimes.com.)
There’s one thing I can count on with family, casual evenings hanging around chatting are going to end up in late night laugh-a-thons. We see each other so rarely that we make the most of our time together. But I’m still in training, so deals have to be made.
Action 469 – Play Now, Pay Tomorrow.
A late, late night… drinking and talking… and suddenly, it’s two am. But that’s no excuse for skipping a scheduled workout.
So, after a few hours, it’s time to run. They may not be the best miles I’ll cover, but even a bad run beats skipping the workout.
It’s family time in Austin, and that means a lot of laughs, old stories, and laugh-out-loud embarrassing photographs. It also means easy-to-heat-and-serve food. And for me, there’s one big danger.
Action 468 – Back Away From The Queso.
I love cheese dip. I love it when it’s warm and gooey and I love it when it’s cool and clumpy. I love it when it’s chunky and when it’s plain. I just really, really love cheese dip.
And that’s a problem when there is plenty of it around and I’m too hungry to stay disciplined.
Yeah, I indulged. And now I’m going to need to run a few extra miles to compensate.
It’s fun to travel and spend time outside of the same-old, same-old. But being out of the routine comes with a price.
Action 467 – Ignore The Temptations.
I’m in Austin, Texas. This town is known for delicious barbeque restaurants, happening 6th Street nightlife, and a fun gay community with their own clubs and taverns. That’s a lot to avoid if you’re trying to eat healthy. Any other time, I would not be so concerned. But my marathon is next weekend, and I have no time to work off a long weekend’s worth of indulgence.
So, my plan for this trip is to stay close to home. I’m here to spend time with my family, and that’s going to be my focus. Hopefully, staying away from the bustling Austin nightlife will make it a little bit easier to stay on track.
I’m on a weekend vacation, but that doesn’t mean my training stops. So this morning at 6:30, I was up and ready to run. But running in Texas? Not the same as San Diego.
Action 466 – Deal With Humidity.
Ugh. It didn’t seem too warm when I walked out the door, but it was much hotter than I expected. And the humidity was brutal. It felt like I was running through a stream. What an experience.
Tomorrow, when I run again, I’ll definitely take my Halo sweatband, my sunglasses and my water bottle. Humidity or no, I’ve got to run!
And here’s the beautiful neighborhood where my family lives. It’s very run-friendly.