So, just a quick update for my loyal readers.
Wednesdays trip north from home was pretty much uneventful, except for clouds, wind and rain almost the entire 630 miles. I never got tired, but did experience some back pain due to just sitting for that long. I work on my feet, so I never sit for very long. That 10 hours in the car kinda did my body in. I did get to see some very beautiful Fall foliage though along the way, the most impressive area being my drive through the Shenandoah Mountains. Just beautiful!
After getting to Dad’s, we relaxed. Caught up on the journey, and what was to come before heading to bed. I hadn’t seen my Dad in just over two years, so we did talk quite a bit. He looks great, too. For an 80 year old guy, he has recently really been watching his diet, and has managed to lose about 30 pounds since spending last Christmas with my sister in Ohio. We took this photo together down at the bottom of the hill where he lives.
Yesterday we went out for a late breakfast, and toured around some local favorite spots. I moved away from the area about 26 years ago, and some things have changed a lot, other things haven’t changed a bit. I miss my Dad, but I don’t miss where I grew up. Moving to North Carolina was one of the best decisions I ever made. The quality of life is just so much better where I am now!
After a quick trip to The Cider Mill, and buying some donuts, candy apples and cider, I had the chance to go visit my cousin Michelle. It was nice to see her, even though we only had about a half hour together.
Late yesterday afternoon we got packed back up, and headed out. We drove back down into Pennsylvania, and then through the Pocono Mountains and on into New Jersey. We are staying with my brother for race weekend. He has lived in this area for years and years. It’s too hectic here for my liking, but it’s certainly worth a visit now and then. My brother was supposed to run the race with me, but recently got some bad news from his doctor that he needs a double hip replacement, and won’t run again. It was shocking news, but he will be a spectator in full force.
Today is all about some rest, and my final shake out run before the marathon on Sunday. I actually haven’t run now in a full week. It wasn’t my plan, but between working right up until I left town, my sons soccer, and the rain, I just never got out for a run in the past week. So, I am going to head out onto the Towpath here close to where my brother lives, and where Bob did most of his training for the race. I’m looking forward to a peaceful and chilly four mile run. I think I am going to take Dad along so he can get a walk in, while I run.
We are hitting the race expo in the city tomorrow morning early. Lunch in the city, and then feet up, and preparations for the race. I will update again when I have another chance. For any of you running New York with me on Sunday, have a great race and enjoy! The weather looks very promising at this point, so fingers crossed for perfect running conditions.