...and on a single-life thrend:) Dropped my guys at Seattle airport Sat 5 pm (although cut the morning run to 2 hrs) and met with Kendra, Lisa and Leah for a great meal at some "Green Papaya" place. See picture by waitress (on Lisa's camera - how do you give photo credit in this case?) here. The food was awesome, but catching up on each others lives and gossiping was much better! If it possible with that fantastic food. Thanks, Leah, for a choice! Lisa told us about the sport-medicine conference she was attending, Leah shared Mexico trip to run with Tarahumara indians (link in previous post) and Kendra told about behind-the-scenes Chuck-a-nut. We had martinies, very yummy too, and around 9 pm I headed back. The drive was horrible, I was falling asleep in pouring rain and on empty roads, and the gas station I pulled out to was out of coffee! But I made it. I slept extra (couldn't get up after midnight arrival) and bailed on Gorge (wanted to spend more time with Stephen and cut the driving time). I ran the route I planned on for Saturday, the trail portion was hilly and muddy, but the road portion (8 miles total) knocked my legs to soreness, but I ran the whole thing in 3.5 hrs (the fastest 20 miles since I became a convert to trail training only for my long runs), and then I added a few miles with puppy. I finished the week with year-high 87.
We had friends visiting later after lunch, then went to visit more friends with Stephen. We are two very well known Pooh Bears:) I crashed at 9 pm before my boy.
Work is over-the-head, so I'll be short. Oleg and Alex made it to Latvia ok and enjoying their family. My dad will visit them in Riga to spend time with Alex (my dad is 70 and keeps thinking life can throw a fit and he won't see his now-oldest grandson before that).
The biggest fun thing I am looking for is a weekend adventure in Boise. Stephen, Charlie and I are driving to Idaho to visit my good friend and teammate Theresa Schut (who just ran great Hell canyon ultra), and we'll be spending time with lots of kids, dogs and mountain trails! Is there better life?
Have fun out there!