The truth*** is…..
When my alarm goes off at 5:30 am, I usually mumble some profanities
My car permanently smells like sweat…if you don’t like that, you’ll have to get a ride with someone else
When my kids were younger, there were many times when I questioned this whole motherhood thing
Now that my kids are older, they are collectively my best friends
I doubt almost every word and every post until the moment I hit the button Publish
Long runs do a number on my GI tract, giving me the runs and often necessitating some medication
One day I’d like to run in just my sports bra and shorts, not to show off my body but to feel the air against even more of my skin
When I run, thoughts, words, ideas, and possibilities start swirling in my head
On most runs, I don’t carry water even though I should. I don’t want water bouncing around my waist or on my back or even in my hands, taking away any of my feeling of freedom
Growing up, the PE hour was the most dreaded hour of my day
Running in the morning is now my happy hour…..(and happy hour is my happy hour, too)
Even at 42, when I show up to my new running group and we have to pair up for our run, I go back to that feeling I had in PE of not knowing if I’ll have a partner…but now that only lasts a few seconds
I may expose myself in my writing, but I will never expose others without their permission
I run faster when I am in cute run clothes; at least that’s what the shopaholic in me believes
Today, I ran in a downpour at 7am….I’ve probably never been more soaked, I’ve probably never felt more alive
The truth is…what you see, read, get…is me.
***Now here is the real truth. I spent less time on this post than any other post, but I am trying to stick to my self-imposed goal of posting once a week. After last week’s post on Amy Reed and the Slay Sarcoma 5K, I’ve been busier than usual. This week, rather than my usual style post, I think it is more important that I give you some updates, acknowledge some of my supporters, and tell you why I had no time to write.
First of all, Amanda Loudin, a.k.a. Miss Zippy, has started a new podcast series called “A Runner’s Story” with UpDoc Media. This is free on iTunes, and interviewing runner’s and telling their story would be like a dream job for me. For those who don’t know her, Amanda is a mother, coach, runner, and writer. In her first week, she interviewed ultra marathoner Keith Levassuer, who broke the world record for running an entire marathon in flip-flops. I stalked her on twitter for a little while (you know how I’m an expert stalker), and it turns out that rather than calling the cops, she agreed to interview me about my running history and Slay Sarcoma. The podcast has been recorded and needs to be edited and will be released sometime before the race. (She has a few other taped episodes that may need to go first.) I can not thank her enough for taking a chance on this newbie runner in order to share Amy’s story and bring awareness to Slay Sarcoma. I’ll give you the link when it comes out, but until then, here is a link to her FREE podcast series and the interview with Keith Levassuer:
Next, Erin from the blog Adventures in Thumbholes came across some tweets I had about Slay Sarcoma (these tweets being to all of my 100 twitter followers, which is almost nothing in twitter world, but hey, I’m reaching the right people.) She reached out to me to collaborate and wrote a fabulous post about Slay Sarcoma, signed the Change petition to ban the morcellator, and has been able to help me enlist some more virtual runners and is continuing to do so. The basis of her entire blog is combining running with social impact. Thank you Erin for your passion for what you are doing. You can read her blog post on Slay Sarcoma here:
After multiple emails to Women’s Running Magazine, they are going to be publishing a post on Slay Sarcoma hopefully within the next one to two weeks. At first, I wrote them a more technical piece on leiomyosarcomas with some general information on the 5K. They were not interested in that. They wanted my personal story and connection to it, so I made some revisions to last week’s blog post and sent it to them, and they accepted that. I’ll give you the link to that in the future once it’s available. Hopefully, that will bring more awareness to Amy’s story as well.
Of course there are the blog readers and friends who have read my story and shared it. There are those of you who have signed up to do the virtual run, and I thank each one of you who has done that. You see, I could have easily just donated the money that I am using to sponsor runners to the Slay Sarcoma research fund, and that would have taken a fraction of the time that it has taken me to gather people and register them. But that would not result in Amy’s story being shared. So I thank you for reading and for sharing. I know that the next time you hear the word morcellator on the news, which I guarantee that you will thanks to Amy’s family’s efforts, you’ll hear that news story in a whole different light.