THIS YEAR'S EVENT AND SOME HISTORY TOO. On Tuesday, September 11, 2019 the morning was a bit misty but not a weather challenge in any way. I woke early to be sure to start the first part of my annual personal event, the Earned Runs ‘Honor Series’ before sunrise. The forecast did not guarantee that the sun itself would be visible, but even seeing pink and golden streaks on the horizon at that time of the morning would be a joy, I thought.
And it would make the 5th year I completed “11K Race to Remember 9/11”, memorable.
My strategy was to walk-jog a negative split while pushing a weighted stroller. The tactical plan involved a first mile warm-up, employing a brisk walking pace, and increasing the intensity and speed in miles two and three. After the halfway 3.4-mile marker was reached, I would jog only the downhill stretches until mile 5 had been completed. In mile 6 my plan was to jog intermittently as I could, including uphill stretches, then slow down for the last 0.84 mile.
I did it! The second half of the course was completed in less time than the first; the fastest mile was mile 6. All the while I remembered the sacrifice of those lost as a result of the tragedy, back then and even now. I also thought of my children, whose Millennial generation was defined by the events of 9/11/01 and hoped they would be a strong force for good in their lives.
The Earned Runs HOME page section that has explained the event and previous experiences now has its own page, THE HONOR SERIES. Check it out if you wish to learn more.
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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