The view from my porch.
“The marathon is not really about the marathon, it’s about the shared struggle. And it’s not only the marathon, but the training.”
-Bill Buffum

I watched the 122nd Boston Marathon on TV last night…for the 3rd time!

Results for the St. Luke Half @ http://stlukeshalfmarathon.com/
There were a bunch of local runners there, check them out.

Four or five weeks ago Grammie quit training for the St. Luke’s Half. She was angry with me and she declared she couldn’t stand being around me for more than 2 hours so she wasn’t going to run the event. I responded “you’ll just have to run faster than me and leave me behind.”

Grammie is one of the folks whose biggest barrier is starting. Getting out the door or getting on the treadmill or peloton machine is her challenge! Her mind, her body, her soul, will not let her quit once she has started. She is simply the hardest working PERSON I’ve ever known in my life! And when it comes to her family she always finishes second, or third, somewhere down the list! She is an inspiration when it comes to work ethic and sacrifice for the good of others!

Sunday was a glorious day! The early miles seemed to go easily and quickly! Grammie was on her game, smooth and steady. At any time after 9 miles she could have left me easily. My back and leg let me know they might allow me to continue all day if I cared to but it would be at an agonizing price.

The farther we went the more determined grammie became to finish WITH me. She would stop at the bottom of hills and wait as I couldn’t run downhill. She wanted to at least finish hand in hand with me as long as she would be one second ahead of me. Finishing ahead of me was the only win she expected! The only win she felt she deserved. After 54 years of marriage she feels she deserves to finish ahead of me in at least one race.

As we crossed the finish line I held back as much as I could but it became evident we both have short arms. Our time was 3:48.44. She probably could have been four or five minutes ahead of me and waiting for me to cross the line but she chose we should finish hand in hand. She’s gonna have to learn to leave me behind if she wants to win over me!

A woman at the finish line quickly said “Grammie (Bonnie) we’ve been waiting for you!” She was first and she was the only 70+ female athlete to run there Sunday! As Itze always said, “if they could have beat you they would have been here!”

Now she says she’ll never do that again but she’s been on line checking her splits and figuring out where and how she could have gone faster. She’s a sick girl! It looks as though our competition will continue. Lord willin’!.

PS – With chip timing if you cross the start line one second before the person you’re running with and cross the finish line exactly together you just won by one second. Or you can let them cross finish line a second before you and have a tie if you really don’t want to lose. Pahleez! don’t tell Grammie! (really sneaky smile!)

Take a friend for a run! Maybe we should start a “take a friend for a run day!”?? Then again it should be 365 days per year!

THIS WEEKEND:

04/29 – Ed Krawitz Memorial – Law Day 5 mile race and very inaccurately measured 5K fun run.

04/29 – Jim Thorpe half & 5k – https://www.halfmarathons.net/pennsylvania-jim-thorpe-half-marathon-5k/ https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/JimThorpe/InauguralJimThorpeMarathon5kaswellandFREEkidsrace
Wednesday night run alternating between The American Ribbon Mill (Ann St. Stroudsburg) and Dave’s (Smith) Shop (8th & Phillips St. Stroudsburg) each week. At 5:15 – more info call or text Elissa Schoening @ 570-972-4271

Mill Rats – both east end of the building Mill Rats and the west end of the building Mill Rats – meet daily for group run/walk daily from the mill at 7:30 am.

EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST:

05/06 – Cinder Cancer Derailers 5k Run – Rudy’s Tavern 90 Washington St, East Stroudsburg

https://register.chronotrack.com/r/35492

05/06 – Lilac Bloomsday Run 12 K (Spokane, WA) – http://www.bloomsdayrun.org/
05/19 – 42 mile bike ride in Quakertown
05/20 – 13th annual Pocono Marathon + 5k & half marathon
06/02 – Levee Loop – Dansbury Park – Sign 7:30 a.m. – Race at 8:15 a.m. Walk at 8:30 a.m.
06/10 – 2018 Josh Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk
07/22 – Lake Placid 140.6 Ironman
09/15 – The Scranton Duathlon is a 5k Run, 20k Bike, 5k Run
09/23 – Atlantic City 70.3 Ironman
10/06 – Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs – March 1st registration opens: – https://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=18279PA Tom Jennings, Race Director
10/07 – 23rd annual Steamtown registration is open!

More inclusive calendars and results can be found at these excellent sites:
Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ & https://readysetrunpoconos.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.

What am I missing? What else belongs here!
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