The following entries (from beginning runner to half marathon finisher) represents a continuing journey of tremendous grief and sorrow, and of transformation - largely through the therapeutic power of running. The sorrow that has broken my heart open wide has in time allowed me to experience the beauty of being in the present moment. And of course, without the support of family and friends to guide me, I would not have made it this far.

If you have lost someone in your life, I offer these words and verse (some Kristy's, some mine and others) with the hope it may touch your heart and help you heal.

Friday, February 13, 2009


For the past 7 months I have been listening to the same list of songs on my MP3 player. It's a 6 hour list so I don't ever get tired of the songs - at least I haven't tired of them yet.

Every time this particular song would play it would remind me of Kristy. Some days it would make me smile as I remembered her and some days it would make me cry as I remembered her. She sent me the above photo with a note that said, "Don't let the smile fool you - watch out for the teeth!"

Once I had the rarest rose
That ever deigned to bloom
Cruel winds chilled the bud
And stole my flower too soon

Oh, loneliness, oh, hopelessness
To search the ends of time
For there is in all the world
No greater love than mine

Let me be the only one
To keep you from the cold
Now the floor of heav'n is laid
With stars of brightest gold

They shine for you, they shine for you
They burn for all to see
Come into these arms again
And set this spirit free

from "Love Song for a Vampire"

(click on song title to hear song on YouTube)
written by Annie Lenox

Today's workout: 5 + miles again on treadmill. I hate the treadmill.

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