JULIAN PIONEER CEMETERY the final resting place of many of Julian’s early residents. Gravesites date back to the mid 1800s.
… it took sixteen men to drag a sled bearing her casket from the church up this walk ..
There will be a last time ..
I discovered my passion for cross-county and long distance running relatively late. I ran my first 10K at the age of 15 and tried to compensate any lack of talent with persistence and sophisticated training. Moderately successful, I celebrated my first 3K under 9 minutes. My most desired barrier however, I never broke; I never managed to run a 5K race under 15 minutes.
At some point all the trophies didn’t matter anymore and were left behind at one of our moves. I still have photographs from some of the races, and vivid memories of hard fought battles. However, I don’t remember the last time I ran a 10K under 32min. or even under 38min.
“There is always a first time” .. sure, and “there’s a first time for everything”. For some of those first times, you may have waited a long time and some of those first times may not have lived up to all the hype or your expectations. I really don’t want to sound dramatic, but maybe, just maybe that “There will always be a last time”, has a much more profound meaning.
There will be a last time you kiss your child good-night, a last time, you get a raise, a last time you go to work, and a last time you kissed your spouse – and not necessarily in that order.
I just returned from a 12K run and it was rather slow, considering standards I had set for myself a long time ago. Some hurt, but I still enjoyed every step …