I wasn’t really supposed to run in Race To The Row 408K; it was a last minute decision. My sister and her in-laws were participating in the event and she asked if I could join. In addition to doing pretty much whatever my big sister tells me to do, I figured it would only be fair to run with her and her in-laws since she’d be joining me for the Hollywood Half in April. The Race To The Row started at the HP Pavilion (where the San Jose Sharks play) and it ended in Santana Row, an upscale shopping/residential area of San Jose that’s made to look like a gorgeous and elegant town in Paris… with a Gucci, Best Buy and Wahoo Fish Tacos.
I am not one for last minute races. I didn’t prep my outfit or my #Run3rd sign and dedication sheet, but I seized the run anyway! (Carpe Runem?) Anyway, latest book that I’ve been into is Born to Run and this inspiring book enjoins the reader to relish in life, love the run and embrace the pain (my pain being that the cuteness level of my outfit would have to take a backseat for the sake of expediency). Oh, the horror!
This was the first race after my lovely birthday adventure at the Neverland 5K. How could any race compare to my Disneyland weekend and meeting Sean and his family? Well, I knew it wouldn’t; however, once I learned that each race would have its own specific meaning, this run really became about trying to dig deep inside of my noggin and find my inner joy. I’d finally gain a better understanding of what people say about “loving to run.”
Most of my running has been about other people, for causes dear to my heart. I #Run3rd for all of your beautiful and inspiring dedications; I run for my family, so that I can be an example to my beautiful little boys. Sans everyone else, I run to be trim and slim. It’s not a bad thing to run for fitness, but I’m learning that if I want some material and aesthetic gain out of running, I will never be able to truly appreciate the art of running, that at the essence of it is to be free and to love what you’re doing and be in the moment.
To learn to love running, I had to gain an understanding of how to run properly so I sought the help of the guy I’ve been hearing so much about at the runDisney events. I turned to Jeff Galloway. You know what they say… “When in doubt, get the app!” (Well, they don’t say that, but I just did). Anyway, I looked up Mr. Galloway’s mobile training app. I’ve been working with Jeff’s app over the last several weeks, logging in some running time each day and getting to know how this whole thing works. The 408K was my opportunity to take Jeff with me on the road—in app form!
Oh well, I guess I’ll have to do some more research on the Tahamuran tribe and update my Galloway app. No matter what, I’ll continue my quest to #Run3rd for you all, Run 2nd for David, Tristan and Alexander and Run 1st for me.