34 marathons down, 101 to go
I slept great last night. I say goodbye to Lavannis and wish him well with his retirement and their upcoming move. Kathleen makes me a wonderful breakfast, I thank her profusely, and wish her the best on their upcoming move. I’ve had a great time getting to know Kathleen and Lavannis.
With that, I’m off to Palmdale to see my sister and brother-in-law.
Getting to Los Angeles County is a huge psychological accomplishment for me. I was born and raised in LA County, having spent the first 24 years of my life here. I didn’t live anywhere near this area, but instead out on the coast, but having made it to LA County is a big deal for me. I’m actually quite emotional as I pass this sign. I really can’t believe I’ve made it to here.
I’m cruising along this morning. There is no reason to arrive in Palmdale before my sister and brother-in-law, Marianne and Ed, arrive so I’m taking it easy today.
Someone really should have thought this one out better. Yes, I know there is actually a rationale to the naming, and it makes a lot of sense, but, just as hotels often skip the 13th floor, I’m thinking just maybe H8 should have been skipped.
I stop and hang out a bit in Lancaster because I’m getting to Palmdale too early, then I continue on to Palmdale.
I get a message from my sister that they’ve arrived at the hotel, and I let them know I’m about half-a-mile away.
As I come down the street to the hotel, I have my welcoming committee. I haven’t seen them in two years, and it’s great to see these smiling faces.
Once we get settled in the hotel, I open my package from Reebok that I had them ship to Marianne and Ed, and it feels like Christmas. New shoes, socks, shorts, and shirts. I’ve gone about 850 miles on my current pair of shoes, and it’s definitely time to retire this pair.
We then spend lots of time talking and relaxing. We had some very light conversations, and we had some deeper conversations as we talked about challenges that have been faced by all of us. In a future Sunday Musings post, I’ll share the main thing I talked about, which is me using my running time to come to terms with our mother.
After a fun dinner and more conversation, it’s time to get some sleep.
Before falling asleep, I think about today’s two milestones. I already mentioned the milestone of making it to Los Angeles County. The other milestone is that I am now a quarter of the way through my journey. No one is more amazed by these accomplishments than I am. Thank you to everyone who has helped me make it this far, especially to Marianne and Ed!