Denise and I ran Zach's 5K Run to fight cancer this morning. http://www.raceagainstchildhoodcancer.org/ My employer, AT&T, is a major sponsor. Proceeds go to Johns Hopkins research on childhood leukemia. I'm also in a Johns Hopkins graduate program, so it seemed to fit in more than one way.
It was a gorgeous morning after a day of heavy rain courtesy of Hanna. While I don't run competitive times, specially after being down 14 weeks, I really enjoy the atmosphere of races. Given all the commercial hype through which sports is often marketed to the general public, being in a small crowd of 600 hundred runners motivated by love of running or charity is refreshing.
I ran with Denise, probably urging her to go faster than she should have. We are both nursing injuries on come-back paths. Its far best to take it easy.
But something happens to me when I cross a starting line with a timing chip on my shoe. I get this overwhelming desire.....need.....to truly test myself against road, time, and mind.