Because I Can

Well, despite all of my moaning and groaning post-race last year, tomorrow morning, I will do my second Charlottesville Women’s 4-Miler.   Myself and I really had a firm debate just before the sign-ups went live.  (I’m not sure where Me was; she didn’t engage.) 

I asked Myself, “Are you signing up just because it’s the thing to do?”

Myself answered, “Um… maybe?  But we walk 20+ miles a week, and do at least two walks over 4 miles every single week, so … why wouldn’t we sign up?”

So… we did.  I made a stab at rounding up a JLC team, but …  the start of a busy League year isn’t the time for the President to play team captain for a non-League event.  The fab Newsletter Editor is coordinating a group photo, so maybe I’ll remember to hand someone my phone too, or I’ll steal a photo from our members-only Facebook page.

I am not excited about the race.  Despite doing Cross Country and Track in my teens, I don’t love races.  I thoroughly enjoy wogging – walking, running, whatever – with the fur-girls, but dogs aren’t welcome at this event.  I’ve had a long week, haven’t eaten, hydrated or trained the way I would if I took racing seriously, but I’m showing up tomorrow anyway, because I can.

Just about everyone I know has someone close to them fighting a battle.  So many people I know have health care cost concerns, above and beyond any medical issues.  I’m healthy and can cover 4 miles at some respectable enough speed (even if I just walk), and my entry – and presence – will make a difference to a local breast care program.  So tomorrow, I’ll be there, and I’m counting on the dynamic, energetic, delightful women of the JLC who are also showing up in the morning to get me started on the right foot.

And then, I’ll stop and get an egg, ham and cheddar on a raisin bagel for breakfast.  If it’s not too hot when I get home, the girls and I will do another cool-down “lap” and if it is, I’ll let them drag me back out again near dusk.

What’s on your weekend agenda?

(Sorry… the old work computer and WordPress aren’t playing well together today, so no photos.)



12 comments on “Because I Can

  1. gmariesews says:

    Oh how I miss those race days. I really miss them. Today we are headed to the local County Fair too see the animals and exhibits and stuff. Tomorrow we are headed to the horse races and Sunday we are BBQing with friends. Monday I’m hoping to get a new dress out of the studio. g

  2. AlisonH says:

    Go Chan! That’s wonderful, thank you!

    We have an annual Lupus walk and I always think, You guys are out of your minds–you’re pitching to LUPUS patients to be out in the sun?! But I love that other people go, for any disease–it’s a show of we’re all in this together, a shared humanity. Go Chan!

  3. Bubblesknits says:

    Cheering for you from the interwebs sidelines. 🙂 I had gotten to where I was walking 2 miles 4 nights out of the week, followed by strength training. Then we took a week off for vacation and I haven’t done it since. Mostly it’s because of the stress that started shortly after that. I get stressed and I have NO energy.

  4. Nancy says:

    I know you will feel better once the race/walk has started: it is such a good cause.

    P.S. Your planned breakfast sounds yummy!

  5. km says:

    So it won’t be a PR day. Don’t focus on the race part of it. You might be there to be the encouragement to someone else. Like this…

  6. Katherine says:

    Run, run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch Chan because she runs with Sissy and Gg! I know, it doesn’t rhyme but the sentiment is there! What a wonderful thing you are doing. I hope the race goes extremely well for you and the girls let you rest for a while when you get home! Me–can you believe I am working again this weekend. I’m going home now and whine in my wine!

  7. kathy boyer says:

    YOu go girl!! For the cause! you’ll get in the spirit when you arrive…here’s hoping its somewhat cool for you!
    Possible working this weekend; possible not working.. definitely going on the eliptical again.
    Swap starting too!

  8. Kathy says:

    Good luck!

  9. Betty Riggs says:

    I’m proud of you Daughter! That’s the Half-Pint spirit that your g’dad would love.

  10. Very glad you can….hoping you remain happy that you did, after the fact.

  11. Sue says:

    Nothing that ambitious. If I step outside I start sneezing. My eyes won’t stop watering and I can barely speak. I’m staying in. Have you tried knitting with a 70 lb dog on your lap, wearing a cone no less. Sebastian is frustrated by wearing this thing for so long but I can’t trust him to leave the wound alone. I hope it’s only a few more days, but until then he’s a lap dog.

  12. Blond Duck says:

    Good for you! I wish I could cheer you on!

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