Today I ran 2.7 miles to honor the memory of each person who had their life tragically cut short in Connecticut on Friday, December 14th. The virtual run was to be 2.6 miles to honor the 20 children and 6 adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, but I can't ignore Nancy Lanza, the mother of the murderer. I know she didn't die at the same location, but she was Ryan Lanza's mom, she was some one's daughter, sister, friend... Her life was taken away that day, too, and she deserves the same respect. I can only say that if I were in that same position, I would hope for death myself, because I would never want to live with the shame and horror of having raised a child that was capable of such heinous acts.
This year I ran for many causes. I ran for veterans, a community center, our local literacy project, the Lions Club and in support of victims of Hurricane Sandy. I hope my little contribution helped. I love that I can do something good for myself while also helping others.
527 miles. I have run 527 miles, so far, this year. That just boggles my mind. In March of 2010 I could barely eek out an 1/8th of a mile without feeling like I would wretch. Fast forward almost 3 years, and on Tuesday I ran 6 miles in the morning, 4 miles at 8:00 that night and then 3 miles the following morning, all in preparation for the Ragnar Relay, now less than two weeks away. If you had told me that first day on the track that I would be doing this, that I would be this person, I would've said you were off your frickin' rocker! But, like it says on that race bib, one foot in front of the other, and it can be done. All I can say is I'm proud of myself.
So can I manage to get in another 23 miles in the next 9 days to make my grand total of miles run in 2012 a nice even 550? You bet your sweet ass I can, and I WILL.