For my Disney Dopey Challenge Hal Higdon Training, the weekend called for runs of 5 miles on Saturday, and 15 on Sunday. And that’s what I did, for a nice 20 mile weekend total! The weather didn’t make it easy though. I got running before sunrise both days, but that didn’t help much. Saturday was around 80 with about 90% humidity. Sunday was a little cooler – around 70, but with 90% humidity. Both days I was a sweaty mess! In fact, it was commented to me that it looked like I had jumped in the lake. My clothes (and shoes) are still trying to dry. After that, I felt I deserved a treat….TACOS!
For the Sunday run I met up with some peeps to run around White Rock Lake. Some of them I knew, some I now know. You get to know people when you spend a couple hours running together, you know? And it definitely makes it easier to run these longer distances when you have people to do it with. That’s one of the reasons I go to WRL to run. It’s a 9 mile loop with TONS of other runners. I always enjoy the head nods when you see people who are going the opposite direction as you, especially when you see the same people 2 or 3 times!
We also took a few little batman routes to get us some extra mileage. I was thrilled when we finished one loop and were at 12 miles instead of 9. I was thrilled for two reasons. 1) I only had 3 more to go to get to 15. 2) It was my one running friend’s 1st time going that far! And we did it with a decent pace too! Somewhere around 8:40 miles.
Like I said, I use this bench to help me stretch each time I run there. And I have seen this plaque before, but this time I really looked at it. “A place to go to think of a friend” I wonder what exactly that means? Is that something this Sabra Frazer said often? Was this her spot to sit and think of friends? Or is this where her loved ones come to think about her?
And who is this person? What happened to her? It says she died in 2003. She was only 35. Curious, I did a Google search. I can’t find many details…except this: It appears she ran in races. Some of her race results popped up on pages like Athlinks.com. But I can’t find much else about who she was, or what happened to her. If anyone has any information about her, I’d love to hear it. Please tell me if you know anything!
The bench that this plaque is under is curious in itself. Instead of facing the lake, it is facing the trail where all the runners are. Thousands of people go by this memorial every day. I doubt not more than a handful have ever noticed it.
I’m guessing like many of us runners in the area, this is where she came to train. I’m also guessing her family put this here so they can come and sit and watch all the runners and remember how she would run past this same spot so many times. So I sat on the bench for a little while and did what the plaque says to do. Yes, it is a very good place to go to think of a friend.