Monday, December 20, 2010

Rodeo Beach 50K - Marathon # 103

Rodeo Beach trail 50k has beautiful views of Marin Headland, Tiburon, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Rodeo Beach is one of my favorite trail races. Mother Nature was good to me; it didn't rain on me until my last two miles. I finished my last 50K of the year in 7:41:18. "IN THE SPOTLIGHT"
Ernie from Modesto California is still going strong! I blogged about Ernie back in March, and Ernie at the young age of 64 has completed 29 events this year. Ernie's events ranged from a 20k to a 50K. He did his first double this year too, the Modesto Marathon and Oakland Marathon and finished both under 7 hours. But the most fun Ernie had this year was the Tough Mudder in Bear Valley, CA. Ernie you're having too much fun in your 60's. Keep it up Ernie!!!

If you can look at the sunset and smile, and find beauty in the colours of a small flower,
then you still have hope.
If you can find pleasure in the movement of a butterfly, and if the smile of a child can still
warm your heart, then you still have hope.
If you can see the good in other people, and if the rain breaking on a roof top can still lull
you to sleep, then you still have hope.
If the sight of a rainbow still makes you stop and stare in wonder, and if the soft fur of a
favoured pet still feels pleasant under your fingertips, then you still have hope.
If you meet new people with a trace of excitement and optimism, and if you give people the benefit of the doubt, then you still have hope.
If you still offer your hand in friendship to others that have touched your life, and if receiving an unexpected card or letter still brings a pleasant surprise, then you still have hope.
If the suffering of others still fills you with pain and frustration, and if you refuse to let a friendship die, or accept that it must end, then you still have hope.
If you look forward to a time or place of quiet and reflection, and if you still watch love stories or want the ending to be happy, then you still have hope.
If you can look to the past and smile, and when faced with the bad, when told everything is futile, you can still look up and end the conversation with the phrase..."yes, but...",
then you still have hope.
Hope is such a marvellous thing. It bends, it twists, it sometimes hides, but rarely does it break. It sustains us when nothing else can. It gives us reason to continue and courage to move ahead, when we tell ourselves we'd rather give in. Hope puts a smile on our face when the heart cannot manage. Hope puts our feet on the path when our eyes cannot see it. Hope moves us to act when our souls are confused of the direction. Hope is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and nurtured and something that will refresh us in return. It can be found in each of us and it can bring light into the darkest of places. So never lose hope.
"Author Unknown"
Keep Believing,
Yolanda "Walking Diva"

Thank you Micheal, Mike and Sara for a race well done!

1 comment:

  1. Ernie is such a blast! I've been seeing him at a lot of events, but it wasn't until I was really struggling at one (Rocky Ridge) and he came up and lifted my spirits with his perkiness that I started to learn more about what he does. The guy's amazing and inspiring! Just like you!