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Momma’s Supper Table: A Running Son Remembers

The old memories come back about this time each year

On Fridays I would take Momma out for supper. One Friday we ate at Pizza Hut where I could have spaghetti. She wondered why. It was because my first race, a 10K which I’d kept a secret, was on the next morning. Four days after her death, I had surgery, and, following recovery, trained for eight weeks and ran my first marathon. Running began a new life for me. For her, life itself was a hard run. By coincidence, it ended as my new one was beginning. Endurance had defined her days. She left it with me.

On the Sunday supper table at Momma’s: chicken and dressing, giblets gravy, cranberry sauce, fried rattlesnake, boiled potatoes, fried corn, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, poke sallet, sliced tomatoes, green peppers, fruit salad, homemade relish, cornbread, biscuits, pecan pie and coconut pie.
That supper was on September 23, 1984 in the Smith Bend community of Jackson County, Tennessee. Just an ordinary Sunday feast—except for the rattlesnake whose head I had chopped off after he failed to bite my brother and me. We dressed the snake, Momma cooked the meat. It would have been a feast even without it. Poke sallet? Momma served that delicious weed even in wintertime; she canned it.

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Santa Really Seems to Like Runners…


So it seems that Santa was good to many of my fellow running addicts!

Here is what you said you received for Christmas:

Casey – Got a @lululemon run jacket & winter run tights + a stocking full of GU!

Jonathan Bobbitt – NewtonGravity, calf sleeves, Nuun, Electrolyte Caps, shorts, compres’n arm sleeves and 365 days of potential runs in 2012…

Monkey Trent – none :)

iluv4kds – we got a lot here..several new tech shirts, Yaktrax, running gloves, hand held water bottle, high tech ear buds(if those count).

Gerard Pescatore – awesome @newbalance technical shirt!

Mindy M – a Garmin405! and FitDeck cards for cross-training days. and a stocking full of gels, fuel and bars!

Simon R – garmin forerunner 205

Karen French – I got shoes!

PA Dutch Dude Abroad – Two Nike Dri Fit running tops

Caitlin – a new HRM, running gloves and a @lululemon gift card!

Lisa Gonzales – Sadly, none. :( But got gift cards to REI fr my staff & bought Merrell Trail Gloves. Used them on Fri & they were great fun.

Joshua Holmes – NB MT101 trail shoes and Brooks Puregrid trail shoes.

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Momma, Her Supper Table, Christmas: A Running Son Remembers

On Fridays I would take Momma out for supper. One Friday we ate at Pizza Hut where I could have spaghetti. She wondered why. It was because my first race, a 10K which I’d kept a secret, was the next morning.

Four days after her death, I had surgery, and, following recovery, trained for eight weeks and ran my first marathon. Running began a new life for me. For her, life itself was a hard run. By coincidence, it ended as my new one was beginning. Endurance had threaded her days. She left it with me.

Read Dallas Smith’s full story by clicking Here

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