First, let me begin by saying 9/11 - I remember! I carry the memory of the day in my heart and soul everyday. I was teaching a class of 6th graders at the time 10 years ago (now, those kids would be 4th year college students). I was an Army Reservist called to active duty 10 years ago. I honor those who perished, the families who endured, and the armed forces and first responders who respond to the call! With such a tremendous price tag for freedom, I strive daily to live by the 7 army values.
Second, I helped with a fantastic community event called "Pedal N' Picnic". This first annual event was a HUGE success and so truly fun!!!! It began with a family bike ride (hence, the Pedal part of the event title) which featured 2 routes. The longer route for families with older children was 6.5 miles while the shorter route was 2.5 miles. Intersections and water stations were staffed by members from our local national guard unit. There were large 8' wooden ribbons painted yellow posted along the route and every participant received a yellow silicone bracelet that said "9/11 We Remember". After the ride, everyone returned to the park for a huge community picnic (hence the "picnic" part of the event title) which was free and open to the everyone. There was tons of entertainment including a demonstration by a local square dancing club (man, they were amazing - no one tripped over their own feet - heck I can do that just walking to my car), a petting zoo and animal expert presentation, and a rock climbing wall staffed by the National Guard. Hot dogs, chips, and cookies were served up by the hundreds and everyone took time on this day to be part of our "community". Although the entire event was free (even the bike ride), participants were encouraged to bring donations to be sent to our town's deployed National Guard troops - people responded so generously! Our collection box was stuffed full. The children colored pictures while the older folks wrote notes which will be included in the care package to be sent oversees. It was truly heartwarming to be part of this event . . . especially on this day!
Third, with all the craziness of the week (and poor prioritizing), I was left with 3 miles on my training schedule for the week. I didn't get to it before the Pedal N' Picnic event today and had failed to plan ahead to get the run done after the event. So . . . I failed - I failed to get my last 3 mile run in this week. I normally wouldn't care, but I also cut my long run short (did 10 miles instead of 13) making my week 6 miles short. I usually don't get too worked up, but I was feeling guilty and thought I should confess to all of you. Tomorrow starts the taper into my GOAL RACE (Fort 4 Fitness Half Marathon on 9/24). Yay for taper, but I can't help but to feel I don't deserve it since I was a HUGE slacker this week.
Anyone need to confess anything to clear away some guilt? Now is your chance -