Saturday, August 12, 2017

ASAP - Mile 37

A Shoe Adoption Project Update - Shauna and I finally met in person after six months of working together over email. She is the lead case manager at Foothill Family Shelter. Our schedules conflict during the school year when I delivered the previous two batches of shoes. It was a pleasure finally meeting Shauna, she is both kind and supportive.

Friday, August 11, 2017

ASAP - Mile 36

We delivered nine more pairs to an Upland shelter today.
A Shoe Adoption Project Update: The shoes were delivered to Foothill Family Shelter in Upland this morning! This corral goes to eight boys (ages 4, 4, 7, 10, 12, 12, 14, 14) and one girl (age 12). A special "Thank You" goes to Case Manager Shauna who helped us with communication and distribution of the shoes. Have a wonderful weekend!

LunarConverge (GS) Sz 4Y, 6Y 
Court Borough Mid Prm BP Sz 2Y
Flex Experience 4 (PSV) Sz 12C
Capri 3 LTR (TDV) Sz 8C, 9C 
Air Ring Leader Low Sz 7.5, 11, 12

Thursday, August 10, 2017

ASAP - Mile 35

Thank you to my friend Angela for her generous donation to this charity. Angela and her husband are fun-loving runners who enjoy destination races across the world. She also takes fantastic photos and cheers us on during track workouts. We enjoy listening to her stories over dinner on Taco Tuesdays. Angela, best of luck on your upcoming marathon in Europe. Keep that Balloon Lady out of sight, let her and other runners eat your dust!

This project uses 100% of any donations received directly to the children. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ASAP - Mile 34

A Shoe Adoption Project Update: Nine more pairs of shoes (and potentially up to 12 pairs) will be donated by the end of this week. This will be our biggest donation batch to date! The lead case manager from an Upland homeless shelter gave me the shoe sizes of her children clients earlier this week. It is my goal to deliver the shoes by the end of the week, in time for some of these children to have new shoes on their first day of school. 

Thank you to all of the donors, supporters, and friends of this charity project. You guys are amazing. More to follow very soon.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Seattle Day Six - August 1, 2017

I just had to stop by the Roastery one more time before leaving Seattle. It was a Iced Sparkling Espresso with Mint this time (refreshing, but not my favorite). Thank you Leo for putting up with my caffeine stops throughout the week. See you next time, Seattle.

The aftermath: Carolyn was so kind to bake me unique cookies for running with her during the second half of the Jack and Jill Marathon.

Her cookies are delicious. There goes my diet...oh well.

Before the end of summer, many of Carolyn's running friends signed a photo frame of her marathon finishing moments which captured all of her strength and emotions of the run.

We kept it a secret for about a week, when she finally saw the present, here's the reaction!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Seattle Day Five - July 31, 2017

On Monday morning, Leo and I picked up Carolyn from her hotel. We had a quick coffee at Issaquah Coffee Company before sending Carolyn to SeaTac for her return trip back home.  Leo and I went to downtown again. This time, we explored the Columbus Building, where I learned that we can visit the 73rd floor's Sky View Observatory. It was brilliant. The observatory was quiet, spacious, and provided a great view of the city on a clear day. Later, We walked around downtown, enjoyed Top Pot donuts and Rachel's Ginger Beer before having lunch with Leo's nephew at The Crab Pot by the ocean bay. 

I again visited a Starbucks Reserve for another drink, this time it was the Cold Brew Float. Thanks to the cute barista for the photo bomb. Leo and I also walked to a running store to pick up a Seattle running shirt for Carolyn.

In Bellevue, Leo and I hung out a bit at a mall and rested a bit, we discussed what we would do with our future lottery winnings. We ended the night with a visit to my friend Prakash and his family. It was great to see them enjoying the city and having a fresh start to their careers in Washington.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Seattle Day Four - July 30, 2017

We all woke up super early (as in 4am-ish) and met up at the parking lot to board the buses. I had to say a temporary goodbye to my friends since the full marathon and half marathon had different starting points. The bus dropped me and other half marathoners at a point where we would need to hike about 1.5 miles to the course. It was a beautiful short hike, a great warm up for the race. Temperature that morning was a very comfortable 50-60s. I watched the half marathoners take off at 6:30am and I patiently waited for the marathoners to reach the half way point. The leaders were flying, they reached the halfway mark in about 1 hour 22 minutes. I enjoyed cheering on the runners as they passed the 13.1 mark. I also saw Jerry pacing very comfortably for his 3:30 group, he is a fantastic runner.

Carolyn came in at the right pace, with Leo and CC2 only steps behind. She paced the first half flawlessly. She looked very focused. I jumped right in and talked to her as calmly as I felt I should. I've never paced anyone before, luckily Carolyn and I have run many miles (and watched many Cowboys games) together, so have a great friendly chemistry. I guess we were both excited to see each other, our first mile was about 30 seconds faster than Carolyn's goal pace. Thereafter, we focused on our pacing and enjoyed the beautiful Northbend forest.

In short, Carolyn ran a fantastic race, it led to a phenomenal Personal Best. She focused on running her own race and completing the 26.2 with a strong finish. Mission accomplished. We were all very happy for her breakthrough performance. Jerry, CC2, and Leo also ran a great marathon. 

We celebrated with a Mediterranean lunch before showering and trying to enjoy the rest of the beautiful day on sore legs.

Knowing that she was returning home the next morning, we wanted to take Carolyn to Seattle's downtown. We went to Pikes Place and had Ellenos yogurt. It was delicious, thanks Susan for the recommendation! 

We also visited Kerry's Park and the Space Needle Center.

Naturally, we visited Starbucks Roastery for my second affogato (which we called Sharknado Avocado). This one was my favorite. It was vanilla ice-cream with espresso poured over and a touch of mint syrup.

One of the unplanned surprise visits was our impromptu trip to Bainbridge Island. Thanks Karin for the tip! It was a beautiful and calm island. We walked the boardwalk trail and had a nice dinner at the Harbour Public House. Our ferry ride back to Seattle allowed us to see the city's night skyline.