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The day was pretty gung-ho. I spent the morning knocking out some work; in addition to watching Beauty and the Beast [Silly’s idea] and doing some yoga. Before going to a meeting, I whipped up dinner, but of course – not before running.
I had a hard time lacing up for this run, which surprised me. My thought process was “Man. I just did 15 miles. Why bother with a measly 4??” But I then turned it into a fartlek run, and made it pretty challenging, even with having the stroller. I look forward to using Garmin’s Smart Coach application for a future run; I had a lot of fun with it but definitely felt it afterwards.
Today, I ran four miles for these fallen military members
Army Spc. William A. Jeffries // November 7, 1963 – March 31, 2003
SPC Jeffries, 39, of Evansville, Indiana was assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment with the Indiana Army National Guard. SPC Jeffries was liked by everyone, and was very personable. Spending 10 years in the Air Force, he later joined the National Guard. It is reported that SPC Jeffries died from blood clots in his lungs, and acute pancreatitis.
Marine Capt. Aaron J. Contreras // July 4, 1971 – March 30, 2003
Capt. Contreras, 31, of Sherwood, Oregon was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Aircraft Group-39, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California. A devout Christian and family man, Capt. Contreras also coached basketball for this church. In the summer of 2009, his high school dedicated their new football stadium to him.
Marine Sgt. Brian McGinnis // June 13, 1979 – March 30, 2003
Sgt. McGinnis, 23, of St. Georges, Delaware was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Aircraft Group-39, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California. While in high school he had already decided to join the Marines. He married his high school sweetheart, and had planned to leave the Marines in March to start a family. He was remembered as a practical joker, and a trusted mentor.
Marine Sgt. Michael V. Lalush // April 18, 1979 – March 30, 2003
Sgt. Lalush, 23, of Troutville, Virginia, was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Aircraft Group-39, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California. Joining the Marines straight out of high school, there was no question in his mind that he had joined to make it a career. Sgt. Lalush loved fixing things and tinkering with cars, even rebuilding a bright pink 1965 Volkswagen Beetle. He is greatly missed by his parents and sister, and countless friends.