October 11, 2009
Running the Golden Hills Marathon and the reading Saturday evening was a great reading at Different Light Bookstore with Rebecca O’Connor of Lift, Brendan Constantine with Letters to Guns and Judy Grahn with Love Belongs to Those who do the Feeling. Different Light is in the Castro District, a very cool bookstore with many pictures of gay nude guys, it was a little disturbing. So many nude men. But a very good bookstore. And a good reading by our three authors.
But let’s get back to the marathon. I get there at 8 am to Tilden Park for the 9 am run. All the other runners look very intense and in shape like they know what they’re doing. They all looked like super athletes. Well, off I go, and up, up the hills. This marathon is for professional athletes, it is not for your average marathon runner. It is absolutely not a marathon that be run well by someone unless they have been running hills, running fifty miles plus a week and climbing mountains. There are five severe mountains to climb that you also have to get down that are extremely difficult. They would be really hard if you were simply hiking them. But these severe hikes just spring up in the middle of a marathon. There you have it. Righteous hikes, brutal hikes, right in the middle of this marathon… This is a marathon that is not for beginners or for intermediate runners, it is for professionals. Running at the same time as the marathon was another group running fifty miles; they all looked like Green Berets. These fools made me tired just thinking about them.
The aid stations were great, with lots of goo and food and drinks, the people were nice, and the whole run was amazing beautiful. It was also crawling, literally crawling with more virulent poison oak than I’ve ever seen in my whole life. Well, I am really glad that marathon is over. I don’t think I’ll do it again. It was too much for my limited athletic ability. I think I’ll try a regular marathon. Mountain climbing in the middle of marathon is just not working for me. Although it was beautiful. Now I have to come up with a really serious accomplishment. Something that’s going to dazzle others, impress my friends and neighbors. Blow their skirts, up, whisk their little ties about. As soon as that happens, my darling blog readers, I shall let you know… right now, we may still be at the point and laugh stage, but changes are in the wind.