My gal Caroline Smith does Mike Reid and Alan Shamlin’s heartbreaking ode better than even Bonnie Raitt.
Unrequited love, seems to be appropriate for this Valentine’s Day. The stuff of which novels and movies and histories are made, battles are fought over. The most exquisite pain.
For the Love of Family. Being a stern and loving father. Bearing both mantle and brunt of hard decision making. Making sure the dear ones understand the hierarchical protocols instilled by a Baby Boomer upbringing. Accepting resistance, knowing it is but a minor toll on the highway of good parenting. Father first, we can be best buddies when you’re grown.
For the Love of Friends. Everyone needs someone, they can lean on, and if you want to baby, you can lean on me. We all need friends. And if you are torn in two, having to choose, then I release you because I Love you.
For the Love of Running. No one has loved running/racing more than I. Not in Omaha, not anywhere. It is this Love that has been hardest for me to reconcile. Love for the sport is easy and always rewarding, loving a running community is ever so much harder.
Today is Deena Kastor’s birthday. She will be making her Masters debut at the Pasadena Rock N Roll Half Marathon this weekend. I served with Deena for several years on the WLDR Executive Committee and know first hand what a delightful person and incredible athlete she is. Pretty amazing that she just finished 3rd in the US Cross Country Championships a couple of weeks ago.
On Tuesday I mentioned the 1996 USA 12K National Championships. This morning I received an email that the distance will once again be contested, this time as the .US National Road Racing Championships. The event will be created and administered by USATF, the first such enterprise by the national governing body. Rumors that I have been approached to direct are patently false.
Sad to hear that Oscar Pistorius, South Africa Olympian, has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, apparently mistaking her for a burglar and shooting her several times. Tragic.