I've taken up running recently. I was inspired by a few friends who run, and I am training for a marathon in February. February 13th to be exact. (Gulp. Nervous.) It's the 26.2 with Donna National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer held in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information visit this website.
The true inspiration behind the marathon and all of my running is my violin professor at Florida State University, Beth Newdome, who passed away on February 13th, 2010. She had been battling breast cancer for five years. I think the date of the marathon is no coincidence, and I can't think of a better way to honor her and celebrate her extraordinary life.
Here we are in London my freshman year:
Beth was not only my teacher but a trusted advisor and dear friend. She was a model for determination and perseverance and will always be an inspiration in my life. She was a spectacular violinist, a lover of art and books, and a wonderful friend to so many.
So, Beth, I'm doing this all for you! It's just a fringe benefit that I'm getting in shape at the same time.
I went to buy running shoes at Fleet Feet. Here are my Adidas Supernova Glides...
...too bad I don't feel like I'm gliding in them most of the time - more like trudging. I'm slowly getting better, though. My first race was the Candlelight Run 5K. Here I am pre-race:
My second race was the Red, White, and Blue Shoes 5K at Furman University. Here I am (gross and sweaty) post-race:
The first and last parts of our course at Furman were down the mall - isn't it pretty?
My third race, another 5K, was this past Saturday at the South Carolina Peach Festival.
They had peaches at the finish line, of course...
...and - the fun news - I took third place in my age category!
I've got quite a fun collection of bibs now:
Hopefully that collection will keep growing.
Look for posts in the near future about my ETSY SHOP and a GIVEAWAY!