Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Death of Lisa Conover

I am so saddened by the news of Lisa's death. She and I battled it out in 2001 at the San Diego One Day track event. It was my first attempt at a distance longer than a marathon. Before that event, I was accustomed to competitive street races where runners' attitudes bordered on being somewhat fierce. I'll never forget how shocked I was when Lisa struck up a pleasant conversation with me somewhere around mile 80! What, a friendly runner? I don't remember if I was leading at the time, or she was, but I recall the standings were quite close so it was odd that a close competitor would waste her valuable breath on saying nice things to me, an ultra rookie - whereas she was an experienced veteran. Lisa really showed me the friendlier side of running, a custom I have tried to continue especially whenever I encounter a newbie. I'm sorry I never got to thank Lisa for instilling in me the notion that competitors can be your friends too.

A memorial service to celebrate Lisa’s life will be held at the Wichmann Funeral Home at 537 North Superior Street in Appleton, Wisconsin on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers her husband requests that donations be made in her name to the Living Desert at:
The Living Desert
Attn: Shirley
47-900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, California 92260-9817


Anonymous said...

Hi Angela, my name is Eric Kempen and I am Lisa's son. I was deeply touched by your message and just wanted to thank you for sharing your story of my mother. I actually recall her telling me about that particular race and how long it was, running around and around that track. Anyway, thank you again.

Best regards,

Eric Kempen

Angela said...

It was my pleasure to share. She was such a positive impact on me that I'm not sure this blog entry could ever truly capture her goodness. I am very sorry for your loss.