Life happens. How to you deal with life’s unexpected interruptions? Sick kid(s) (like mine right now), death in the family, injury or illness with yourself are just a few of the disruptions life can bring. It’s all in how you deal.
So let’s see, things to do for the remainder of the year:
- Plan a wedding
- Get married to the love of my life
- Study for and pass the NASM exam
- Become a personal trainer and rock people’s world
- Run a marathon (Hopefully, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon in Savannah GA, November)
- Be awesome
|Running pretty much makes you awesome.|
Oh yes. It’s totally do-able.
|Legacy Run Fun|
Today I ran at the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Run with the group of SMART Girls I’ve been volunteer coaching with. Having the opportunity to get to know some of these awesome girls and run with them has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. One girl I ran with today beat her previous 5k race time, and knowing I was a part of that is priceless. Ended up running into her and her family post race at lunch in town and her mom thanked me for her awesome race. I about cried. I know it may sound super silly but this is the stuff in life that counts. I believe this is where God wants me to be. I ended up running 5.67 miles for a 5k and for the first time I didn’t care about my time. I wasn’t obsessed with how slow or fast I ran. I just ran the girls in as I found them and ran back to catch another. If you don’t volunteer somewhere, somehow, may I strongly suggest you do. Especially if you’re a runner. Taking time out to enjoy the run really helps you put life in perspective and relax a little along the way.
This past Wednesday they talked about 5k prep and showed the girls the video about IOH and why we run it. It both breaks my heart and causes me to smile at the same time. Because during a sad time in some families lives, through the money raised with these runs these families are given the chance to create lasting positive memories.
Check out the video:
As far as race specifics:
Here’s a brief summary. This was one of the best organized and fun events I’ve participated in.
Distance: The race hosted a 5k, 15k and a kid’s fun run. A distance for everyone.
Course: I can only testify for the 5k because I didn’t run the 15k. Maybe next year? Ran out from the college, up jailhouse hill (mean, huh?), through down town Brevard, through a neighborhood, past the Farmer’s Market and back to the college. Really a nice course, even with jailhouse hill. The course took you down hill several times too so it made for a fun roller coaster ride.
Consumables: Plenty of food, snacks, and water pre and post race. Bananas, KIND bars, and brown bag lunches with chicken salad (I think? I didn’t grab the bag but I believe that’s what was in it.) and baby carrots. I was stoked to see KIND Bars there. My favorite on-the-go snack. All natural ingredients you can pronounce and recognize. Be sure to check them out.
Potty: I didn’t count but I want to say there was around 6 porter potties on site. Not a bad line. AND they had portable sinks to wash your hands in outside. Fancy, eh?
Music: Plenty of energy with the dj, music, and speaker. After our race some of the SMART girls, coaches, and others learned a few new dance moves. Thanks to DJ Dogg at Class and Sound Extreme! SMART Girls run and dance. Woot!
Extras: The kid’s had fun with the bouncy houses, face-painting, and balloons. I loved how family friendly this event was. Never a dull moment. Truly something for everyone.
Swag: A super cool swag bag for both the kids and adults. For the kids who participated in the fun run, they received a goody bag from our local toy store O.P. Taylor’s with a $5 gift certificate, coloring book, crayons and a dentist was generous with a toothbrush, floss, and other goodies. I was a bit envious of his bag!
In the other race bag we got a sticker, magnet, pencil, keychain and various handouts and of course the tee. One of the better swag bags I’d say.
|Grubbing after race festivities and sporting inspire hope tees|
We stayed until they handed out awards and cheered everyone on. Which was also a first for me. I usually leave right after, but staying for the whole event made my heart happy.
|A little gun show rawr!|
Occasionally you’ll find yourself in pain. A small twinge or sharp stabbing pain may cause you to stop in your tracks physically, mentally, and/or spiritually. One small pain ignored has tremendous power to escalate into a major blowout later if not tended to as soon as the pain is recognized. But today we will be speaking solely on physical terms. I can get into a deeper post another time. I could write a 10,000 page book on the many correlations and phenomenons of running and the way it parallels within life.
It’s no secret that today is the holiday Easter. I’m sure we will all hear about egg hunts, the ‘Easter bunny’, and so on and so on ( anyone else find it strange that a bunny hides chicken eggs?!). Some celebrate with chocolate bunnies and eggs, still others church dresses and bow ties, and then there’s those who just don’t even think anything of it. I think on Easter daily; so to speak.