|Grandma sandwich, circa 2000|
This will be my fifteenth marathon, run in my thirteenth state (see my progress on this project here), and my first genuine attempt to qualify for Boston. Lucky #13, here we go.
My Grandma Emerald was an avid traveler, and enjoyed hearing about my quest to see the country through marathoning - she'd seen most of it herself, and always had a great story to share about wherever I was headed. "So what's next?" was always her first question, whenever I saw her. Although a long-time Californian, she was originally a Great Lakes Midwesterner, and would love that my next race will see me on the shore of Lake Superior. And my Grandma Phyllis is the reason I travel, the reason I write, the reason I do a whole lot of the things that make me who I am. When I took my first trip out of the country at age 16, she bought me a journal and said "write down everything." And I've been documenting my life obsessively ever since. She loved to read my writing on any subject, and always encouraged me to write for a living. Although I didn't take that advice, I've always found ways to incorporate my love of writing into both my work and personal lives.
Grandma's Marathon will be a fun way to remember these ladies - and to recognize my Grammy Roselle, herself a Great Laker in the beautiful city of Chicago, and one of my biggest fans. (Love you, Grams!) The race organizers have special goodies for grandmothers who run the race, and a prize for the first Grandma finisher. It will be a fun trip to a new city I've never seen, with lots of friends there for support. Grandmas would have loved Grandma's.
Do/did you have a Grandma you love, who deserves a shout-out this Valentine's Day? Have you recently signed up for a race that you're excited about? Are you going to be running Grandma's, too? Is your Grandma going to be running Grandma's?? Drop me a line below, and tell me all about it!