Today I feel like Tom Hanks in the movie Cast Away at the crossroads near the end of the movie when he was starting over with nothing and could take any direction he chose. Yesterday a quarter century ended with the passing of my beautiful wife Tricia. It was nearly a year ago that the cancer had invaded her spine and robbed her of the strength in her legs, resulting in a surgery in March, actually on my birthday in 2014. They wanted to put her in a nursing home, but I told them I would take care of her. So that is what I have been doing, twenty four hours a day seven days a week for a year. Fortunately we found a program that allowed me to work for a medical company and receive a little pay for the work. So today finds me out of work looking around at a quarter century of the remnants of our life together.
In memory of Patricia Krull
What to keep, what to let go of. I must find a way to fit everything I need or want into a twenty one foot camper trailer. I wish I could just take a few weeks off to rest and wrap my brain around the enormity of what has happened but I have only three weeks to do it in so I will have to get started immediately.
It appears the cat has barfed up a hairball on the carpet. I guess that will be as good a place as any to start.
How to go on with the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over your head. With every day a struggle it is hard to think, hard to be creative, and difficult to find the time to do anything. But as I was thinking about daylight savings time going into effect next weekend an idea popped into my head. I remembered my training for the Leadville 100 mile run days and daylight savings time was always a welcome event. It meant running in the light after work before the cold of sundown could set in. From there my mind turned to springtime running and the fun of running in the spring races. My very first race was a spring run in Wash Park, I think it was called the Make a Wish 10K. Unfortunately I wasn’t too savvy about racing back then and pushed it too hard injuring a few tendons and putting myself out of commission for a couple of weeks. But I recovered and now have memories of running along the Highline Canal that spring that I will never forget.
Running of the Green
At any rate I did manage to put together an article for the Examiner on the springtime running schedule. It is going to be a great spring for runners looking for races to compete in and I hope to be able to run in a couple of them and maybe get a few pictures and do some writing for the Examiner about the action. I am planning to put together an article on ultra marathoning and the spring schedule for that as well, so be sure to subscribe to my Examiner news feed and you will get an email notification each time I publish!