Friday, July 29, 2016

Rainy Runs

Another great day to donate! Two marathons and two charities! Let's raise a combined $6,500 for cancer research through Fred's Team and low-income seniors with Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.)!

Donate to H.O.M.E. here. Donate to Fred's Team here. More information here and at the top of the blog!

Quick Friday Update!

Just came back in from a run. Why, eight miles, thank you!

As a little rain doesn't stop a marathon it is best to keep at the runs even in drippy weather. A hurricane did stop the marathon a few years ago, but this was just a bit drizzly today. Still it was enough to keep most people from the park.

Exactly a year ago it wasn't raining. Also, I was in Chicago running and meeting seniors through H.O.M.E.

Usually, as I walk up to the park from my house I see many many runners and tons of bicyclists already zipping past. Today, there wasn't anyone. in fact I was completely alone until well after I left the northern most section. The Harlem Hill area is usually the emptiest place of the park (the hill is real) but that means I'm usually running with lots of other people. I counted 6 runner and bicyclist in my first 12 minutes of running. It was surreal to have so much space.

It wasn't a great run as my digestive failings made themselves known (is the title a double entendre?), I dropped my sweat rag, and my shoe came untied. But I grabbed the miles and that is the important part.

So here I am busting my chops through gale-force* winds and rain, and the donations are just barely dribbling in. But I don't want you to feel guilty. I want you to do something today! How about you support low-income seniors through H.O.M.E.! Even small donations can make enormous quality of life improvements in their lives. Home repairs that otherwise would go unfixed can make each day more wonderful and can keep these seniors independent longer (which if you like numbers, keeps long term costs down). Or maybe you'd like to put your monies towards cancer research with Fred's Team. I wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for discoveries fueled by dollars. And now I can plan on getting old and gray and needing safe housing too.

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*I just found out that gale is a descriptor, or measurement of wind i.e., moderate gale, whole gale, and my favorite, "Fresh gale:" 39-46 mph.

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