october is all about pink

Picture.Pink 4 TeamML6I’m very excited today because tomorrow, Saturday, October 17th, I’m running in the 12th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run, a 5K created by the Huntsville Hospital Foundation and the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund. The fund was established to create awareness about breast cancer, purchase equipment for breast cancer diagnosis, and provide continuing education for Breast Cancer staff. Liz Hurley, a local news anchor, was diagnosed in 1998 and promptly put a popular face on breast cancer in the Tennessee Valley. So far 3 million dollars has been raised. Check it out here.

This will be my 4th Liz Hurley. I had to skip last year’s due to having a kid two and a half weeks prior to the race. Yep, that’s right. He’s one of the reasons that I disappeared from blogging for a while. And while October is also about his birthday, it is also mostly about pink.

Just like the year before, I am running on Micha Logan’s team, TeamML6. Micha is a former classmate of mine at my alum, Oakwood College (University) that was diagnosed with breast cancer and beat it a few years ago. Having someone that was so close to me in age be diagnosed was yet another confirmation to me that the journey that I had begun to be “comfortable being”, as well as take care of myself was a very necessary journey. Check out Micha’s website and first book, Just for a Season here. She was also featured in this month’s edition of Guidepost Magazine. You can read the article here.

I run for a number of reasons. Running is meditative, therapy, and a spiritual practice, as well as plain old exercise. It’s something that I enjoy immensely and running in the Liz Hurley Ribbon Race on TeamML6 is one of the high points of my year.

What do you do that is a high point of your year? Please comment by clicking on the speech bubble by the title. Can’t wait to see your responses.

enjoy life…

will you?

Yesterday, I was running with my friends and I fell. And skidded. On my hands. And my right knee. It happened in slow motion and I knew it was going to be bad. And it was. There was blood. I am not ashamed to say, I screamed and yelped. But I didn’t cry.

We were in the final mile of a three mile run, and I wanted to stop. I wanted to cry. I wanted to have a car come and pick me up and take me home. But I didn’t. I checked the damaged; dusted myself off, and continued the run, running.

It wasn’t a question of could I do it; it was would I do it?  To be sure, adrenaline kicked in. And I wanted to appear tough in front of my friends. But honestly, all I had to do was chose to continue the run. And I did. All the way to the end.

What are you going to chose to do this evening?  This weekend?

Enjoy life…

“greatness is for us all”

This past weekend, I did something that I have never done before:  I ran a 10K, or 6.213 miles, in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 48 seconds.  I am not ashamed to say that I am very proud of myself.  The fastest that I have ever done it before was 1 hour, 23 minutes, and some seconds, (I can’t remember exactly).

During the past Olympics in London, Nike ran an ad showing a, shall we say, not so lean, runner running.  He was struggling!  A lot.  But below is the voice over that was playing as he was running. I thought about this as I was running this weekend.

Source: better-faster-strongerr.tumblr.com via Shannan on Pinterest

Greatness, or what we consider great in others, actually does reside in ourselves, if we have the courage to dig deep, get in there, find it, and pull it out.  I have to tell you that running that 10K was a struggle that day!  And fortunately, the hubby and the pooch were there to encourage me along the way.

We can all do the great thing that we want to do. If we want to do it bad enough.  And there will be people who will encourage and help us, if we put it out there and go for it.

What great thing will you do this week? Tell me in the comments.

Enjoy your day…