Monday, October 12, 2009

Carrying Christi

"I carry you with me into the world, into the smell of rain & the words that dance between people & for me, it will always be this way, walking in the light, remembering being alive together" ~Storypeople

The quote above was my motto for this year's Christi Run. They were the words that I repeated to myself over and over and over again as I ran. They were the words that kept me going. And, on the handful of times that I wanted to slow down and take a break, I would say them under my breath and run on. They were my constant reminder that I wasn't running for myself on Sunday. I was running for Christi. For her family and for her friends and for all of the children that, like Christi, have stared cancer in the face and fought like hell to the end. I really do love running and I run as often as I can because I love it. But once a year, on my Christi Run, I don't run for me.

I felt that I really was carrying a piece of Christi with me over 6.5 miles. And, I also knew that I was, in fact, not running alone. Christi was by my side. She was with me as I ran over the hills, and felt the crisp fall breeze and admired the beautiful trees. She was there. And it really did make all the difference.

Thank you to all of you who donated, to all of you who sent messages of encouragement, to all of you who believed I could do it. You’re the best.

Love & Hugs.

Friday, October 9, 2009

It's been a while....

I haven't blogged in a few weeks. Why? you may ask. To be honest, mostly because I haven't really felt like it.

I have been doing a lot of running lately which has been great (yes, at 4:40am). I recently bought myself this little Nike+ ipod thingy that you attach to your ipod and it tells you how long you've run, in how much time and your pace. It's pretty awesome. I'm in love. Is it shameful to admit that it's one of my motivators for running in the morning now? It's like a new toy that I just can't wait to play with. Except better because it forces me to work out, which has to be a good thing, no?

And my run. Goodness! It's on Sunday. I am all ready, though. I have some good running shoes, a running shirt I created on zazzle, and loads of energy. And, it looks like we're going to be getting some nice weather. It'll be in the 60s and a partly cloudy. I was sort of hoping for rain (because I love to run in the rain) but sun is always good. Besides, I need to remind myself that the last time I ran in the rain, I got stuck in a complete downpour and had to turn around and go home because I quite literally couldn't see anything. It was pretty awesome, though. If you've never had a chance to run in the rain, I recommend it. It's fun to splash in puddles. :o)