Saturday evening, I told my brother’s friend MA he had to go get Born to Run out of the library. Earlier that day, MA had completed his second ultramarathon, the Greenland Trail 50k, so I though he’d be interested in Chris McDougall’s book…. Speaking of, McDougall’s written an original essay for Powells.com. Funny stuff… Good luck to all my friends running marathons next weekend: MA and his fiancée TP take on the Colorado Colfax Marathon in their second attempt; Sarah is trying to BQ at the Cleveland Marathon; and Cowboy Hazel is hoping to PR at Delaware….. My PT exercises are definitely making a difference; I can tell because my glutes are pretty much in a constant state of low-level ache…. Today, I rode a bike for the first time since I can’t remember. After I got back from the gym I hopped on SK’s about-town bike (replete with high handle bars and rear-end baskets) to meet her and the kids at the park. I especially loved the hula girl wired to the front of the chassis. Pedaling uphill: not so fun…. Last night I met an author friend for beverages at Upstairs at the Kitchen in downtown Boulder, CO. He’s not one to mince words, as likely to tell me I wear my high heels better than most as to point out I’ve gained some weight. Tonight I was treated to this sterling observation: “You cut your hair. Are you trying to go for the younger demographic? It’s so… edgy.” Finally, I thought, someone who hates my ill-conceived haircut as much as I do. I was starting to get tired of smiling graciously at all the lame compliments… On the way to our race, SK asked Miss T what her favorite color was. “Pink!” was the prompt reply. SK and I exchanged a sideways glance. How does this happen? We never encouraged the pink… As I flipped open my laptop on the flight home, out slipped a piece of paper with my brother’s unmistakable scratch, “You are loved,” it began. I’ve never gotten a family love letter before, but this one was so beautiful I now must advocate they become more widely sent. I was trapped in seat 26D, but tingling with how loved I felt. Thank you Brother; thank you my Lafayette, CO family….