Becky, Conroy, Corban, Bianca and I all arrived in San Diego on Thursday. We flew out at 7AM, so we were up pretty early to catch our flight. We came to San Diego with no plans other than to meet our friends Dr. Scott & Lisa Brody and their kids. Lisa and I will be running 26.2 miles on Sunday in the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon.
This will be Lisa and my first marathon. I’ve ran the Georgetown Half-Marathon four times and since I run all the time I figured I should sign-up for a marathon. Lisa’s brother passed away in a car accident last year and she decided she wanted to run the San Diego Marathon in his honor, so I told her I would meet her here if she did it. Well, we both trained and here we are.
On Thursday we went down to the beach and hung out by the ocean where the kids went seashell hunting. We also went to Seaport Village, a popular area near downtown San Diego and the harbor with shops and free entertainment. There was a street vendor with a really pretty Macaw parrot who put the bird on Corban’s arm and Conroy’s head, which was really cool. Bianca passed on having anything to do with the bird with the big beak.
Yesterday morning, we went to the Rock & Roll Marathon Expo downtown in the Convention Center. There was everything you could imagine for running and more. There are 22,000 people who have signed up to run in this marathon and over the past 11 years this event has raised $122 million for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – very cool!
In the afternoon, we headed up to see our friends Walt & Theresa Oleski. We hung out with Theresa and their sons Ryan and Colton as Walt was back in Steamboat Springs. We had a great time seeing the Oleski tribe and after we left we went down to the beach again where I tried to show the kiddo’s how to skimboard. I used to skimboard quite a bit as a kid, but now that I’m 41 that skill set isn’t what it used to be. My overconfidence got the best of me as I threw the skimboard into the water, jumped on, lost my balance and plunged into the ocean with my cell phone in hand. Not one of my best athletic moments for sure, but pretty darn funny, especially for the onlookers at the beach!
Tomorrow is the big run. We are heading out to breakfast now and I’ll have to post an update after the big event.
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