Marathon Update

March 10, 2009

Yes, I am going to the Paris Marathon on 5 April 2009. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be able to finish it right now. I am recovering from a month long struggle with shoulder bursitis, which is an inflammation of the shoulder joint. This means, when I ran over 4 miles, my shoulder would ache severely due to the constant jarring from the running, and the only way to get rid of bursitis is to wait it out, take anti-inflammatories, and go easy. Apparently I have a family history of this. Thanks, Mom and Dad! I suppose the above average smarts and good looks you gave me will have to make up for the frail health.

This means the long runs of 15, 18, and 20 miles never got done, and my regular runs of 6 or 8 got shortened as well. I am still going, and I am still running, but I don’t plan of finishing the whole marathon, just the half marathon. That is still an acomplishment, I think, since I haven’t run a half marathon in competition yet, although I’ve run the miles at one time.

It will still be Paris, France (just in case you thought it was Paris, Texas) and in the height of the spring season, so it will be gorgeous. My mother is now coming with me, which will be nice since travels shared are better than travels selfishly hoarded. Plus, I’m adding to the 6 days there by going to England for 9, so I am making good use of my time off.

There will be plenty of pictures. Of note, I plan on re-visiting the sites my Grandfather on my mother’s side visited while he was in Paris with the US Army in 1944 or 1945. I imagine the sites will be almost the same as on the postcards he sent back, but now they will be improved since humans have developed the ability to see in color. Or maybe we saw in color and the photographs were behind… either way, it will be great!

If anyone has some suggestions on where to go, or what to see besides the obvious ones like Notre Dame, the Louvre, le Eiffel Tower, etc, let me know. When I travel, I like to “go native” as much as possible, so I try to eat at little places and learn enough of the language to sound local, although this time I’m going to pretend to be a German tourist. We’ll see how well it works.

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