I have not focused on training for much of the past week and I figured that I should drop a note to explain what's up.
About 10 days ago, the son of one of my friends passed away in his sleep. He was 20 years old. His father (my friend Jim) died in the summer of 2009 of a brain tumor and his son struggled with the loss of his dad ever since. Zack was a great young man, who profoundly loved his father, mother and three brothers. At the funeral, we all questioned why this happened. Why a wonderful family had to endure the loss of first the father, and now the eldest son. I don't have the answers and it is painful for so many of us. Though it sounds trite, I firmly believe that Zack and Jim are together in Heaven and his family finds comfort in that belief as well. He is survived by his three brothers and his mother.
In addition, I am aware of some other college-age friends of our family that are going through some serious challenges right now. It is all very sad, but I am hopeful that God, their families and friends will carry them through some tough times.
These tragic events have just made me want to stay close to my family and enjoy our time together. Maybe I am also coming down off of the achievement of my 10K race (and some resulting knee soreness). I've run twice, but nothing further than a few miles. I even ran with my two boys who are now very determined to run regularly with me! In fact, they are doing daily 1/2 mile runs together this week, while I am away on a short business trip. I have also been helping my daughter study as she endures finals at her smarty-pants high school. I now know just a little about cellular respiration!
I have also been looking ahead to some upcoming races that I will be doing in the next few months. A 5K, a mid-distance cycling race and yes, a short duathalon. (Are you happy now, Patrick?)
So, that is why I have been missing-in-action lately. It has been nice to relax and be very present with the family. I will return (to the blogs and to my training) in a few days.
I hope all is well with all of you. And I encourage you, to hold your loved ones close...life is very precious and our time together is nothing short of a gift. Don't waste it.
P.S. (In answer to Kovas's comment from my previous post), this is definitely not turning into a "mommy-blog"! (Not that there's anything wrong with that.). I just figured Mrs. Clyde should finally get something tangible out of this clydesdale project, so she gets the "product review" waffle-maker. Sue me.