Heart of the City

“Ain’t no love, in the heart of the city. Ain’t no love, in the heart of town.”-Jay-Z

So this morning, I’m sitting here drinking coffee, and scratching my head at how quickly February got here. My head has been stuck in December for what feels like ever. I suddenly realized, I have to start training for my next race!! For the past four years, I’ve run the Broad Street 10-Miler every May. This race has grown to be crazy popular, especially because there are such a limited amount of spots. It sold out last year in 6 minutes. One way around the stress of registering and the new lottery system, is to run with a charity organization. Last year, I registered with the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation Team. It was the first race I ran for a cause. It was the first race that made me cry, at least every other mile. It was the first race that made me feel like a real runner.  It was one of the best experiences of my racing career. Aside from my first half marathon, no other race beats the high I had during that one.

imageTwo year’s ago,  my sister’s best friend lost his battle with Lymphoblastic lymphoma. He was a runner in junior high and high school. There is no way to describe the energy that Christian brought into a room, except for absolutely magnetic. His smile was contagious. We used to sit for hours listening to music, constantly trying to out-do each other with a better song. Up until his last breath, he was a fighter.  He gives me strength every single day when I wake up and lace on those Asics. The daily ritual, the daily grind of running has become a staple of my existence. I run because I can. When I get tired, I run for those who can’t. I run for him and I run for others just like him. Running with the ACS means that every mile I run throughout these next few months of training will save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. My experience last year changed my life, and I realized that running Broad Street with ACS is the only way I want to experience the race. Here is my personal DetermiNation page where you can go to read my story and make a donation.

I’ve printed out my training plan (which I’ll be posting in the next week) and I’m ready to go. I can’t wait to see the progress I make running, as well as the progress I make fund-racing for ACS. Reading emails like the one I got yesterday truly makes me realize what a gift running is and makes me thankful that I can run. There are days when I’m so hard on myself and my body, when I should really be thankful for all that it does. Running has taught me to respect my body and the things that it feels. Listen to it and be good to it. Don’t punish it when it doesn’t run as fast or lift as heavy as I want. Don’t neglect it by eating poorly. Respect and fuel it right.

Happy Friday, you guys! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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