Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tall Mom Virtual Race for the Cure 10k

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!!!!!


Julie said...

Hi Molly,
Nice job on your virtual race! I love the look so cute in your t-shirt and bib:) You played field hockey...I love it:)

Wow, is that really your back yard? I would love to have all of those trees off of my deck! It must be gorgeous when the leaves start to turn colors:) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Good job! That recap was great!

yonca said...

Glad you had a great run. Cute pictures!

Teamarcia said...

Great race Molly! You look so cute!

Susan Fobes said...

18 degrees! AHHH!!!! Hot chocolate for everybody?

RunningFromCancer said...

OK - your run was way colder than mine. I ran in 40 degree weather - not 18 degrees. burrrrrr!!!

Great run and thanks for supporting a great cause. Too many people are effected by breast cancer. I will keep you mother in law and her sister in my prayers.

Cancer sucks.

ajh said...

You totally got into this race! What fun! I love the bib and the recap. I did a virtual race a couple weeks ago. It was fun. Wasn't it cold though! Yech!

Unknown said...

I love this "race report"! I ran for 30 min. yesterday and was wondering if you were out and about, but figured you went to Mountain Goat training. Bah...I should have called.

I've heard that the Nike + are not totally accurate, so I wouldn't be overly concerned with the time.

Mark said...

Good job Molly. This race also holds the unique distinction of having the longest name of any race anyone has reported on this season.

Clubs? Aren't those used by Captain Caveman... wait... no one remembers who Captain Caveman is. Never mind.

AND what is the deal with LOST?! I am convinced Jacob is really the evil one. I thought the backstory on Richard was a wee bit lame, but that's just me.

Lisa said...

hahaha! I love your play-by-play! Hilarious and so similar to what goes through my mind when I run sometimes!

Congrats on participating!

Anonymous Fat Girl said...

Great job and a great cause too. :) I just got a Nike + and I love the voice over. I haven't heard the Tiger sounding one yet... I didn't know it had that! LOL

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Thanks Molly for doing this run and I loved the play by play very funny indeed.
Great of you to do this run and I really appreciate it and everyone that does this because I am a survivor myself.
Thanks again

Nicole @ Chic and Cheap Nursery said...

Here's to a great run for a great cause!

Mandee said...

I think it is great that you are supporting such a great cause!
Funny what things go through your head when you are all alone and it's quiet. :)

My Book Barn said...

Great race for a great cause! Just stopping by from SITS!


Tanya said...

Fun! I love the in head commentary you had going on. Sounds a bit like my own. Happy future running races.

Erica said...

Great Job! I could totally get addicted to Virtual races too...

Nicki said...

Great run, Molly! Yours is the second recap I have read this morning.

Mark said...

Nice job. I love the virtual races - no travel, no lines, and no entry fees. Doesn't get much more relaxed than that!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

LOVE it!! you crack me up....get some pants that fit.. Love the internal dialogue...