“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hope Endures Virtual 5K

Race: Hope Endures Virtual 5K
Distance:  3.1 miles
Date:  December 2-6, 2011.  I did it 12/8/2011

Finish time:  40:37
What sets this race apart: In Memory of Ashlyn

Another Blogger, Courtney, held a virtual 5K race in memory of her daughter Ashlyn.  Anyone could participate and we were supposed to run the race between December 2nd and 6th.

I was plagued by quad issues this week, and didn't want to count my frustrating run on Sunday as this race.  So, I ran it late, on December 8, 2011.  I know, I'm completely lame.  Nonetheless, I refused to NOT run the race after saying I would, late or not.

To make up for being late though, I convinced about half of my Thursday night NOBO group to run it with me.  They are training for their first 5K on January 1st, and had 2.5 miles on the schedule tonight.  I told them that I was going to run an extra 0.6 after leading the group through their run...and why I was going to do it, I invited anyone  to come with me.  FIVE people took me up on the offer!!!  I was amazed!!!  I told them all that they were awesome and I loved them.

Amazing how running can make you tell people you barely know that you love them.  Training together makes us closer???

Here's the running group that went back out and did 3.1 miles in 40:37.
Lynne, me, Andrew and Sue
And here's the walking group that also went back out.
Deb and Heidi
Awesome people going the extra distance for a good cause and to honor Courtney's daughter.  Several of them told me to pass along extra hugs for Courtney as well.  (And this despite temperatures in the low 30's!)

Bottom line:  I'm really sorry that I was lame and ran it late...and I hope bringing 5 extra people with me makes up for my tardiness!

Has running ever inspired you to tell random people you love them?

Have you ever run a virtual race?


  1. You are not lame for running it late!! Awesome you had others join you, that is so cool!! Thanks again for running it. means a lot to me!

  2. I did the virtual 5k too... yay for running buddies! And i'm always happy to find other moms who run! :)

  3. I am a horrible person, but every time I read about that race it gets me upset. Mostly because I can't imagine losing my child. Anyways, great job!

  4. Sarah - you're not a horrible person. I cried reading Ashlyn's story....for the same reason. Love you!


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