I was honored to participate, with countless other runners, in a virtual run that was literally taking place over the entire world. I left a little before 6am and decided to do a 12 mile loop that takes me along the Willamette river. I'm usually a little leery to run it by myself in the dark but decided that for this run I needed to be away from the streets and find some solitude near the river. Thinking about Sherry made me a little more nervous than normal and every time I passed some random person (ie transient) in the dark (there were only 2 separate times) my heart began beating a little bit more quickly. Soon the sun came up though, and it felt like spring. My thoughts began centering around how wonderful it was to be able to be out running on such a peaceful morning. I really didn't fuel very well (surprise, surprise, a handful of Cadbury mini eggs didn't really cut it) and was feeling fairly worn out by 8 miles. However, at that same time, it happened to be a little bit before 7:30 and I was crossing by the bridge where Laura of Run Momma Run had organized a group run for Sherry. Seeing the group of women gathered in Sherry's honor gave me quite a boost. Laura had a great turn out.
|No, they didn't pose for me as I ran by, I stole the picture from HERE|
I'm again, grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of this event. As Beth states on her blog, "Sherry's goodness, courage and strength prevail and she is not defined by the tragic way in which she died." I hope that we can each appreciate the life we lead, be happy with who we are and show love unconditionally to those closest to us.
Update: Beth put together a beautiful slideshow of some of the many, many people that participated in the run. If you'd like to check it out, go HERE.