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Enthusiasm is common.  Endurance is rare.

 

November 2017 update:  Month of Thanksgiving, time of thanks/gratitude/reflection.  Thankful for friends & family – saw both this month.  Visited my Mom & brother in Arkansas, completed a ‘nearby’ marathon.  Friends Dawn & Stephen travelled to Colorado.  Food fest’d, museum-toured Western Art, ran our local Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morn (canned goods donation to Sister Carmen).

 

December focus: STAY the COURSE

On track to complete 2,017 miles in 2017 next weekend at the big C Marathon.  Small charity run in the Pacific Northwest, 100% of proceeds go to cancer research.  Kicked off 2017 marathoning New Year’s Day, 10 days after my last chemo treatment.  Seems more than fitting I would end 2017 giving back, now being on the other side.

 

Race ReCap:  2 marathons, long 5-hour finishes: Rim Rock in Fruita, White River Marathon in Cotter AR.

Marathoning Streak:  celebrated my 4 year RUNniversary – 48 consecutive months marathoning!

Mileage ReCap:  ended November at 1,981 miles (only 36 miles from GOAL)

 

 

Holiday Grinch 2017

 

 

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 

Turkey Day 2017 ❤

I am thankful for my FAITH.  I can leap without fear; I am completely at peace.  A higher power guides the journey/prods the direction, knows my beginning & end.  Through HIM, anything is possible.

I am thankful for my HOME.  No matter what the weather, I am sheltered/comfortable inside.  Window view sports our snowcapped Flatirons – EVERY DAY thankful – my piece of the Rockies.  No other place on Earth.

I am thankful for an abundance of FOOD.  Never a time I went hungry.

I am thankful for GOOD HEALTH.  Easy to take for granted.  After last year’s surprise, it’s a gift.

I am thankful for DREAMS.  Always been a goal-driven individual – expectations tomorrow, in 3 months, next year.  Not all dreams complete as designed, but whatta life journey I’ve experienced.  2019: Antarctica ❄

I am thankful for FAMILY.  Laughter & shared life moments.  Inspiring circle I’ve chosen as Family; blood relatives I share DNA.  NZ, Toronto, Ash’s wedding, Crested Butte, Nova Scotia, Ireland.  Lucky in life ❤

 

Thanksgiving Day feast with Ash & Tom in their Westminster home, our Colorado tradition.  Turkey & dressing, sweet potato casserole.  Veggies & mashed potatoes, deviled eggs & cranberry sauce.  An hour later, dessert: Ash’s pumpkin cheesecake.  Tryptophan COMA.

Woke at 10pm, to drive home & sleep another 8 hours.  This is how the Pilgrims fed?  LOL>

 

 

ALSO, thankful for birthday cake, fondue & dinner theatre.  Yep, that happened this week too!  Celebrated Stephen’s BIG day both Tuesday AND Saturday – a birth week celebration 🙂  Friday night, dinner theatre for 4 – tried a new venue, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown (not a fan of ‘Annie’, play showing in Boulder).  First impression, FAAANNNNTASTIC!  Good to have options.

 

LinkedIn Inspiration

Arun:  thank you so much for the kind words – and sharing your post.  Much appreciated.

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#Thanksgiving #mentor #boss #inspiration

Time to say thanks, one more time, to my ex-boss and mentor, Keenan Haga.

It was 8 years ago and I landed in America for the first time for a short work assignment. New York streets, face-paced environment, and people from different ethnicity – everything was daunting. I was struggling to find my feet in the new place.

On a fine cold morning of November, few weeks ahead of Thanksgiving, Keenan was introduced to me as my boss. I smiled at him but I was shaky and unsure. In the next few weeks, not only he coached me to do my job well but also taught me a few important things: how to dream, how to treat people with respect and how to live a good life.

Keenan left his corporate gig a couple of years ago and moved to Colorado to devote more time for his passions – running and hiking. He recently hit his personal target of completing a full marathon in all the states of US and now going across continents.

Last year, he was diagnosed with cancer and he shrugged it off saying ‘a small bump on the road’, continued running with chemo sessions. And he did it, he survived the big ‘C’ and now setting his goals for 2018.

Thank you for everything Keenan. You continue to inspire me every day!  – Arun Kailasam

 

food, FAMILY & fun – but first…another marathon 🙂

Early 5am flight to Dallas, morning arrival in Arkansas.  First stop: Family.  Kid brother owns a trucking company AND just opened a gym.  We all work somewhere – but the gym…that was mighty impressive.  Pre-kid days, Bro was a power lifter (obviously not my twin).  Daughter now off to college, LOVE LOVE he’s following his passion.

Next up: lunch at Williamsburg Kitchen.  That’s where one finds Mom weekdays (owner/creator/innovator of this lunch-only spot 30 years+).  LOVE this place, LOVE her Reuben, LOVE the family ‘eats for FREE’ discount.  FAAAANNNNTASTIC!

3 ½ hour drive on rural Arkansas roads, day’s destination: Cotter AR.

Population: 948.  Five miles past Flippin, 20.2 miles from the Missouri border.  Middle of nowhere.  People in Arkansas haven’t heard of this town.

Fun story.  Sun goes down maybe 10 miles from Cotter.  I’m not a great driver – even worse when it’s dark.  900ft from Cotter High School (bib pick-up), Google Maps says to turn left.  Dirt road…no judgments, we have those in Colorado.  Rental car lists dramatically to the left, something is wrong – I now see the sign: Railroad Crossing.  Yep, been driving on the tracks themselves.  Pitch black, no stars here.  Yikes!  Good laugh AFTER I eased off the tracks & wasn’t killed.  LOL>

Pasta charity dinner.  Sleeps 10 miles away in Mountain Home.  Daybreak marathon start.

AWESOME turn-out.  Field was limited to 750 participants AND it sold out, 4th year in a row.  Today’s experience would be all about weather.  Warm start.  Never peeled my first layer so humidity-dripped in Razorback winter.  Sweated it out with a trio of runners kicking the Half.  Chatty upbeat folks.  Group slowed at mile 12.  Goodbyes, maintained pace, exited to the left – second lap.

Cloud-cover cooled conditions.  Wind gusted, no bugs 2nd Half.  No elevation gain either – ‘bout as flat a course you’ll find.  Hit the wall early, more mental than anything.  Notta lotta runners & I had no tunes.  [note: iPods don’t last forever.]  Light rain, extra out-n-back at mile 18-ish (special from the first lap).  30mph headwind at the turn, 7 miles to go.  Walked much of mile 20.

Run-Walk-Ran last 5 miles with Sarasota runner, Buzz Scott.  Half-mile to Finish, pep talk from Buzz.  Marathon finish #103.

Heat/humidity, gusty wind, light rain & some folks say sleet.  Another sub-par effort.  17 pounds UP since June’s REVEL run – lotta gain for a guy my size.  Not a dieter.  Who gains weight over the summer?!  …but first (28 miles away), 2 slices of the best gas-station pizza ever. Four other runners also crowded in – no mistaking us: race shirt & shoes, we all look alike.  HA!

Family nite in Fort Smith.  Dinner out, cards at Mom’s, Sunday morning church.  Good to be HOME ❤

 

Agee Race Timing, LLC

 

K R HAGA
2017 White River Marathon

 

Overall: 102 out of 188
Time: 05:13:55.56

 

 

 

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