I decided to change-up my running routine this week and run the 9/11 Heros Run sponsored by the Travis Manion Foundation. 1LT Travis Manion was killed while serving in Iraq. The Travis Manion Foundation is one of the more interesting foundations, in that it places veterans in mentoring roles with community youth that need positive role models. The meaning of their motto, “If not me, then who…” stands for their mission to Redefine Americans Character through mentorship roles. The Foundation realizes that many veterans experience difficulty reintegrating back into civilian society. Often they feel displaced in their own community and mentoring youth without good role models provides purpose. From the website:
You can check them out more here: http://www.travismanion.org/character-does-matter/
When I signed up for the race it asked the question who is the hero you are running for? There have been so many heros of 9/11 and unfortunately, there will continue to be more in a conflict that seems to go on endlessly. We are very fortunate to have individuals military/civilian that will step up when called to duty. We see it in all facets of life not just military conflict. Look at the Texas flood. The United States if filled with GOOD people.
A few shots from this weekend. I ended up running around a 10:25 average pace and 11th in my age group. My daughter made the sign! She is such a great supporter!
Week eight marathon training went well. My training plan called for 4/6/4/14 which ended up being 4/6/4/3.1. I had every intention of “making” up the other 11 miles….and that pretty much went out the window Saturday night. Yes, I know tsk tsk, but it will be okay. Just clicking my heels three times….there’s nothing like mileage!
If I have to hold my Guinness with two hands instead of one, I – will – be – okay.
This is a picture of Jason Momoa from GOT looking like he’s holding a Guinness…it has absolutely nothing to do with this post…moving on.
So yes, training was good and I will be back on track Monday ~ meaning no more “side gigs”. Pace is remaining the same in the 10 – 11 minute window for shorter runs and around 11 – 12 for the longer runs. I’m glad I took the time out to do something different. Stats are as follows: 17.70 miles for the week ending August with 96.11 total miles. I have 6574.97 miles remaining in this journey! There is always sadness when thinking about 9/11. Especially for all the life that was lost. Every day is truly a blessing, we never know when it will be our last. Celebrate every day.
Leaving this post on a high note, I’ve been looking for music for my run. I’ve been erring on the side of native…if you know what I mean. Found this little diddy…I’m in the back. (Just kidding) Happy Miles to You!!