Denver Run TEAM
Local News from the Road
What have we been up to? What haven’t we been up to! Here are a few of our notable updates…
1) I ran the Boston Marathon for the first time! And it was my worst time. By a lot. However, it was also approximately 89 degrees, so overall I’m not too upset with my performance. I was mostly taken by the generosity and love from the by-standers and my fellow participants. It was absolutely a team effort when it came to beating the heat and crossing the finish line! I was repeatedly hosed down by people who lived along the course, and countless children handed me ice cubes fresh out of their freezers. If anyone ever tries to argue with me that humanity is on a downward spiral, I have an incredibly strong counter-argument in the form of the selfless residents of Massachucetts. Another plus when you’re running in extreme heat is that, given that your focus is no longer speed, you have plenty of time to smile for the cameras! I have some of the best course pictures that I’ve ever taken as souvenirs from the day.
2) Our season is off to a great start! We have had our first few runs already, and have welcomed several new women into our participant pool. The weather has already thrown us several Colorado curve balls in the form of low temperatures, high temperatures, rain, and wind, but so far so good! We’re taking the day off for Memorial Day Weekend, but we’ll be back in action on June 2nd with both a run AND a tent event—Jody’s Race for Awareness!
3) We already have our first tent event under our belt! We were able to partner with Girls on the Run of the Rockies to participate at the Girls on the Run 5K on May 12th. It was so inspiring to see so many girls and young women complete their first ever race! We’re hopeful that our message of what it means to be a strong woman will stay with all of them as they continue to learn and grow. The weather, once again, wasn’t in full agreement, but the energy at the race kept us all warm. An interesting side note at this event is that a local animal shelter, The Dumb Friends League, had a mobile adoption van set up, assumingly to attract the impulsive under 18 crowd. Naturally, I ended up adopting a dog from them. His name is Pip, and he’s doing great. After having him for about two weeks I took him out for a run and he managed a hilly 5K at a 9:13 pace! Not bad for a newby. He’ll be a great addition to the LUNA Chix family!
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for a May race report where we’ll highlight some of our performances in local races like the Cherry Creek Sneak & The Colfax Half Marathon & Relay!
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