This morning I got up in the dark for my run. I used to complain about daylight savings changes, but actually, I don’t mind the clocks changing so it’s not so dark when I like to get up so that I can still run in the park safely.

Aside from the later sunrise, I am loving these cool mornings. So nice to only be sweating from putting in real effort on a run, not just from a stroll to the bodega.

I’ve been keeping to the same route in Prospect Park, and going counter-clockwise around the loop (This is the direction 90% of the runners in the park go; you can go the other way, but no one is going to get out of your way.). I hate the first hill. It isn’t so steep, I love a steep hill because they seem to be shorter, but it is long. I named it The Frowning Hill for obvious reasons. There is another hill I call The Crying Hill but that is a clockwise problem; this is probably why people go counter-clockwise.

This is me running up The Frowning Hill.

Anyway, the more times I do this hill the easier it seems to be. For a long time I could not make it half way without walking some. Now I make it 3/4 of the way before I walk. Hopefully soon I can make it all the way. I still usually hit a 10 minute mile even with a little walking on that hill, and I feel stronger every time I do it.

I finished out my run with some lunges and I am looking forward to a strength workout at the gym tomorrow to mark 30 Days to the race. If I’m honest, my foot felt a little tight by the time I was done with my run. I know I talked a lot about beating Alicia, and hoping to get in under 02:30, but realistically, that may not be possible if my foot keeps acting up… Don’t get me wrong, there is no question about finishing. I’m still very excited, but I also don’t want to let a minor malady turn into a big injury from overdoing it. For now, my goal is to have a fun time and keep getting stronger. I want to have a good time even if my time is not so good.

As always, here is some information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Your donations are appreciated! Please donate to this wonderful cause here!



Donations make a difference

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

Creative Toys: $100

Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.

Delicious Meals: $210

St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.

One Day of Oxygen: $447

Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.

Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700

These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average

For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.


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