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Week of August 20, 2001:
My Daughter the Runner, & Polite Present

My Daughter the Runner


Sunday, August 19, my daughter, Shannon Patrizio, ran the Pikes Peak Marathon, hitting the finish line at 5:30:10. It's difficult to express my joy and pride in such an accomplishment, especially since I battle with myself to walk a mile at a time on my treadmill!

Just think. This petite woman was 12th of all the women in this grueling up and down marathon, and third in her division. She wrote me today and said, "I did the best I could trying to pace myself. I got up to the top at about 3:33 and then ran down in less than 2 so my time was 5 1/2 hours overall. I wanted to do 5 1/2 hours and that is exactly what I did....My legs. Oh my gosh. Oh, and get this. Yesterday was a record breaking heat day. It was in the mid 90's. It was probably the warmest it's ever been when I've run that race." More on the race results at this location.

I went to the marathon Web site to read a bit about the marathon. It says, in part, "Both races are extremely demanding and require appropriate training. Please consider that for the vast majority of runners it will take more than your average "flatland" marathon (26.2 miles) time PLUS one-half hour to complete just the 13.32 mile Ascent." It goes on to give the qualifications for registration, then says, "The physical and psychological demands of these races are not to be taken lightly!!! There is an elevation gain of 7,815 feet of beginning at 6,295 feet above sea level.

I'm so proud of Shannon. And her husband, Roger, who is very busy running Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy, took time to run the Ascent. He did very well. He often participates in events that include biking. He's a terrific athlete.

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Polite Present: Manual of Good Manners, 1831

Excerpts from a charming, serious 2 1/2" x 4" book published in 1831 by Munroe & Francis.

AT TABLE:

Hold not your knife upright in your hand, but sloping; and lay it down at your right hand, with the blade upon your plate.

Spit not forth any thing that is not convenient to be swallowed, such as the stones of plums, cherries, or the like; but with your left hand neatly move them to the side of your plate.

Fix not your eye upon the plate of another, nor upon the meat on the table.

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