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The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.
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Saturday, July 28, 2007

run to break the silence

I signed up for a little 20K tomorrow. It's not exactly little, I know, but the prospect of not going over 13 miles is a fast relief. Since the race benefits an institute where deaf children learn to speak, I am additionally thrilled - for years I considered being a speech therapist. Verbal communication is part of what makes us human, although of course it does not radically distinguish us from dolphins or humpback whales.

The race starts at the Sandia casino and goes north and east into the Indian reservation. The flyer mentions an "all-terrain, cross-country course." I have never done this before, whatever it means. But I know, without opening an atlas, that the map in that area is blank. I guess they will somehow mark the route. I doubt I will be able to keep my pace under 10, but more and more I am trying to persuade myself not to get hung up on numbers.

Aside from an atrocious pink rubber brain model that summons me to "think oral deaf education," I am for the first time truly delighted with the goodie bag - a bottle of water, a green chile package from the local eatery 505 (think New Mexico), a yummy looking bar of honey roasted nuts (preferably pre-run snack), a fancy rubber to tie my hair with, and a cool T-shirt with a design in burgundy and green.

I am tempted to wear it tomorrow, but I will not. The race starts at 6:30 am. I will be a running heat-stroke candidate by the time I can end it.

13 Comments:

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I know one of the volunteers at that race who works with hearing impaired kids - it's a good cause.

So, have you thought more about doing the chips-n-salsa half??

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Your goody bag is WAY better than mine.

Have fun tomorrow!

 
At 5:07 AM, Blogger Randy said...

It's great to be able to run for such a great cause. I'll say a prayer for you this morning that your knee holds out and that you race well.

I've been given the opportunity to run in the Honolulu Marathon in December of this year, all expenses paid by a local Autism organization if I can raise $5,000 for them, I agreed and I am about half way to the $5,000. It's great to have such a cause to train and work for and exciting.

I understand the meaning of the 505 eatery....having lived in Farmington for a number of years...I hope it's good green chili.....I miss that sometimes.

 
At 7:42 AM, Blogger Buffy said...

All these runners....I'm totally inadequate...

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger robtherunner said...

I hope the race went well. What a great cause!

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger RunBubbaRun said...

I hope you had a good race. It sounds like a trail race to me..

Should be fun.

 
At 6:43 AM, Blogger JustRun said...

Your last line cracked me up (though I hope that wasn't really the case)! How'd it go?

 
At 8:07 AM, Blogger Backofpack said...

I'm late commenting, but I hope it went well! Thank goodness the tshirt doesn't have a pink brain on it.

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Bump in the Night said...

Good for you, and I hope the heat wasn't bad.

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger Annette said...

I hope your race went well! Sounds like a bit of an adventure. I hope it wasn't too hot. And, I hope you are doing well post-race!

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger a life uncommon said...

I love the idea that you were doing it for such a great cause.

Way to go!

 
At 7:49 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

Very nice, I hope the day went well!

Happy 20K

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Black Knight said...

I am sure you ran a very good race.
When the report?

 

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