Friday, April 1, 2011
Eve of the Monument Avenue 10K
Tomorrow morning, I will run in my seventh straight Monument Avenue 10K. This year, it is sponsored by Martins, who bought out the Ukrops grocery chain last summer. I am glad that they continued to sponsor the race. There are over 40,000 people registered, which is cool but also a great way to get tripped. Anyhow, it is a lot of fun, and will be a good test of my surgically repaired foot. It will also be a test of running and walking a race with not nearly enough training, thanks to these colds. I'll be wearing my Team in Training shirt that I wore for the Seattle half marathon, covered in the names of people who have survived and died from cancer. I will also wear photos of my sister Ann - in her fifth year with breast cancer that went metatatic a year ago - and our great friend Judy, who died this past January from multiple myeloma. My race shirt is ready to go: As always, the artist who does the official shirt for the race came up with a cool design: Wish me luck - it should be a lot of fun! It is looking like a chilly start to the day, so I may be carrying clothing down the backstretch. Run or walk, I plan on enjoying the experience, being grateful for good health, and honoring my sister and my late friend.