20 Miles, Reflections, & Tacos

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!

Migas Taco from Torchy's Tacos.  Here's 1 of about 4 that I ate!

Migas Taco from Torchy’s Tacos. Here’s 1 of about 4 that I ate!

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.

After the run, I went to a bench that I use to help me stretch.  Under the back side of the bench, kind of hidden, is this small plaque:plaque

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.

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29 thoughts on “20 Miles, Reflections, & Tacos

  1. Holey moley congrats on the running this weekend (especially in that weather!)! What a cool find (plaque)! I love discovering things like that!

    • Thank you! Yes, I usually take a few moments after my runs there to clear my and look at the lake for a while. I’m going to add sitting on the bench to that routine!

  2. TartanJogger

    I’m exhaust just thinking about running in that heat! That’s a real puzzle you’ve uncovered- let us know if you find out anything else about the girl 🙂

  3. So how early are you running? And man I have got to stop by Torchy’s! Still haven’t made it there!

    I’m glad you like WRL. I got tired of the cyclists acting like they owned every square inch of concrete.

    • Torchys is awesome, and ps, they have a secret menu. Shhh.
      I’ve beet running around 630 am. What about you?
      I agree about the cyclists!!! What is their deal?!? Yesterday we had 2 of them yell at us to get out of the way and 1 came at us like he was going to run is over. Jerks!

      • Uh do tell about this secret menu! What do I need to order when I go?

        I’m a 4:30 runner during the week. Weekends I sleep in and run at 5:30 😉

        There’s a strong sense of entitlement at the lake. From both bikers and runners. However, we are defenseless. Some of those guys forget that.

      • During the week I usually go at 6. When I used to coach with Lukes I was part of that whole 530 thing, but now that I’m not, I’m happy getting an extra half hour sleep! The same roads are out there and the weather isn’t very different!
        Yeah, I get yelled at almost every time I’m down there, I swear I’m over as far as I can go without running in the grass!
        I don’t really eat meat, so I usually get the Independent, Dirty Sanchez, Mr. Pink, Fried Avocado, Migas, or a breakfast taco. Here’s the skinny on the secret menu:
        http://365thingsaustin.com/2013/08/20/torchys-tacos-secret-menu/

      • Luke’s in Allen? When did you coach?

        Thanks for the scoop!

        Time limitations get me. 4:30 is about the only time that works. But I live having the streets to myself at that hour.

      • Luke’s Plano, the last couple years, but I stay away now, haha, I’ll have to fill you in in person. I hear ya on the time constraints!

  4. That actually does sound really cool. And I like your thoughts on it.

    And PS: kick ass runs this weekend, of course! Like always!

  5. Ps I just gotta say, I only see one taco there. I’m hopeful there were many more.

    • Oh believe me, I ate at least 4! 1 Migas, 1 fried avocado, one bean n potato, and 1 “Dirty Sanchez” among a few other bites!

  6. Wow, that plaque is interesting. I think her family/friends or whoever set up the plaque would appreciate the time you took to to consider her and reflect on the message!

  7. It seems to me that whoever placed that plaque would be happy about today – that someone remembered their loved one (even if you didn’t know her). Very cool that she was a runner. Let us know if you find anything else out about her!

    • Thanks Jill! I can’t let any cats out of any bags yet, but I have been doing some digging and may soon have some answers. I’ll post about it as soon (if) the info comes through!

  8. How cool. I wonder if she had her ashes spread there.

  9. Miguel

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dallasmorningnews/obituary.aspx?n=sabra-frazer&pid=1030192 I knew her, not well but worked with a relative of hers that I have not seen since her funeral. I was going to see that person again and wondered how much time had passed. I found your post. I will say she was pretty inside and out. She was smart and had a lot of friends and of course was a runner.

    She was loved.

    • Hi Miguel! Thanks so much for sharing. Several of us are curious about her. Even though we didn’t know her, she is not forgotten!

  10. Patti

    Your post really touched me. Sabra was a friend of mine. We had lost touch in 2001 as our lives took different directions. I had tried to find her for years and often wondered why she hadn’t tried to reconnect with me. Through you post I was able to find out what had happened. I had been adding an extra letter to her name and had forgotten her sister’s name. I still think fondly of her. I’m glad she will be remembered and touch other people’s lives! A life cut way too short!

    • Thank you Patti! You’re the 2nd friend of hers to respond. I did some research and found her brother on Facebook and Linkedin, but he hasn’t accepted my friend requests. I was hoping to connect and find out more info about her. I’m glad to hear you were friends and she was such a good person. I will keep thinking of her, even though we never met!

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  12. Lora

    Scott – I was a good friend of Sabra’s and her sister, Monica. I met them through mutual friends and became close to them when I joined Luke’s Locker’s marathon training programs in 2000. They’d been running marathons for years, and when I joined the group they took me under their wings and helped me prepare to run my first half-marathon (White Rock half). Although they were both much faster runners than I was, they were so sweet to run at my pace to keep me company and give me pep talks. I told them both at the time that I’m not sure if I would have made it through that first race without their support. We were also good/social friends outside of running. Sabra’s death was tragic – a motorcycle accident caused by a driver who ran a red light. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, just like her sister, who was her best friend. Monica spearheaded planning for the memorial bench that you’ve discovered, and a number of us running friends contributed to its erection at the park. The phrase on the bench was Monica’s idea and it’s absolutely perfect. So many friends spent hours – years – training with Sabra at the lake and we wanted a place where friends and family could come to visit her. I shed a few tears of sadness when I stumbled upon your post, but also a few tears of happiness to know that her memory lives on at the lake and that others have discovered the special spot where she spent a lot of time and touched so many lives.

    • Oh wow, Lora. Thanks so much for sharing!!! It’s amazing to me how many people have reached out to me though this blog about her. It seems she is very much loved and missed to this day.

      I’ve had so many questions about her. Thank you for filling in some of the details. I don’t even know what she looked like, but yes, people are still thinking of her – even if they’ve never met her.

      I’m very sorry for your loss. But it seems she was an amazing person who touched many lives.

      Thank you again!

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