Today I participated in Tall Mom on the Run's Virtual Race for the Cure. Mel is raising funds for her Marathon for the Cure, so I was happy to donate to her cause. I ran today in support of my mother in law, Diane, who has been battling breast cancer, and her sister Cathy, who is a breast cancer survivor. I read earlier that Mel is close to her fundraising goal, which goes to show how every donation, no matter what size, can help make a difference.
I woke up today to sunshine, but it was 18 degrees!! I guess spring didn't get the memo. I threw on my C9 shirt under the shirt I wore to a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk last fall. I got my bib printed out, and I gave myself number 23, which was my number when I played field hockey in High School (I played defense, sweeper, if you were wondering). I strapped on my friends Nike+ipod, picked a playlist, and was off for a jaunt on the walking trails of my neighborhood.
It was chilly, and my hands were cold, but after about a mile they warmed up. There were a bunch of people out walking their dogs, or running, so I was happy that my shirt was getting some attention.
I was running along, when suddenly one of the songs started to fade out. I immediately thought the ipod jinx had struck, when a voice announced that mile one was complete. A ha! Okay, no biggie. The rest of the run went like this:
Mary J. Blige and U2's One is on, this song gives me chills.
I need to focus on my form, and lead with my chest and my shoulders pulled back. I tend to hunch over too much.
That kid has a cool scooter.
Who needs a tissue when you have a hand.
Funny how my lips automatically curl around my teeth when I see a patch of ice, in anticipation of my fall.
This song Born Slippy Nuxx by Underworld is really long. Must be fun in a club. When was the last time I was in a club?
AH! A cat just ran out and crossed my path, scared the crap out of me.
I'm definitely striking more with my forefoot in these new shoes.
My pants keep falling down.
I remember the last time I was in a club, last year, at Club Lava at Turning Stone Casino. Interesting night.
One mile to go, not sure how fast I'm going, but I feel good, so I'm going to speed it up.
What should I get for lunch today?
400 meters. 200. 100. Home. And how weird is it that the voice of Tiger Woods just told me I had a great workout? ewwwww.
Now for the stats: 6.2 miles, 1:07:34, average pace 10:51. Hmmmmm. I think I ran faster than that. I ran a 10k last November in 1:00:28, and in that race I was getting over a lousy cold and even walked a bit. So I'm going to take it with a grain of salt, I had a great run.
Thanks Mel, for the chance to participate!!!!!