6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Different Finish Line

I am not feeling great today. Did not sleep well and am letting little things bother me. I had an idea of what I wanted to post today, then changed my mind. Sometimes when I have writers block I look back on what I was up to a Year ago today...

Maybe this is why I am feeling OFF.. On this day last year Tall Army Grandpa passed away after a 3 year battle with cancer. Thank you to everyone who posted condolences on the post HERE. I had never seen Muscle Man cry, but when his Dad passed away he did not have to be strong. This weekend we will go to visit my In-laws and spend time with Muscle Man's 3 brothers, I am hoping we can find time to think about Tall Army Grandpa. It is never easy to lose someone close to you, still stings a year later..


8/16 marked 10 months since my Father Passed away unexpectedly from a Heart Condition. The last time I felt his presence was during and after the Boston Marathon, read my Race Report HERE.
I cant express how hard the past 10 months have been. I think about my Dad every day. My Mom is so strong and continues on despite being heart broken. Last night we had a GREAT family dinner, with tasty food and laughter, Dad would be proud that we have continued strong as a family..
Guess where the photo above was taken??

Seaside, Oregon

Guess where the Finish Line for Hood to Coast is??

Seaside, Oregon

I know that my Dad will be with me at Hood to Coast and every Finish Line from today until my Final Finish Line.


15 comments:

fancy nancy said...

Oh my goodness! I just got goosebumps! I can't even imagine losing my Dad...you have been incredibly strong.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Every single time you post about Tall Dad, I cry. Always amazed by the bond you have with him. He'll definitely be smiling at HTC finish!

kimert said...

Chills and tears. You are so strong. My dad is my hero and I just cannot imagine losing him, ever.

Elizabeth said...

Reading about your dad reminds me so much of mine. I can't imagine how hard it is to lose a parent. Your father will be with you in spirit at HTC, and would no doubt be proud to see all that you have accomplished!

Kerrie T. said...

Hugs friend.

scissorbill said...

My dad died 5 years ago. He ran his usual 8 miles in the morning, had a vegetable sandwich for lunch and then had a massive heart attack while in the lobby of the Mayo clinic waiting for my mom to have a colonoscopy. They acted quickly but he was brain dead.

I wasn't a runner while he was alive but he joined me at mile 11 of my first half marathon last fall and I know he'll be there when I run my first full marathon in October.

Hugs to you today, you will rock Hood to Coast!

XLMIC said...

Huge (((hugs))), Mel.

My heart goes out to you, truly. My father passed away in 1993. He was a resident of Seaside, had lived in Portland when I was little and he and I took many trips to Mt Hood and the Coast. Our dads will be hanging out together making sure their girls are a-okay and LOVING life!

Give yourself time to reflect, time to heal, time to feel. You are just awesome.

xxoo,
XL

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Hunnybee said...

Hugs to you and your family.

Marlene said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. My heart goes out to all of you.

Carrie said...

big {{{hugs}}} Mel.

Christine said...

Your post gave me goose bumps. I just wish my relationship with my dad would be better....

Kassie said...

I almost lost my dad this year to heart disease. I appreciate every moment I have with him now. I can't imagine what it's like to lose your dad. I'm sure he's smiling down on you. Awesome post!!!

Molly said...

Awww, I just got the chills. Hang in there, sending you a HUGE hug....

Runningmyspace said...

I know how it feels...I just lost my Dad July 30th and it feels like my sorrows are racing all the time. I also do worry about my Mom and know that she has to be strong...My best wishes go out to you, you know he's looking after you.:)