Remember a long, long time ago when I started running? It's been over a year and while it was a bit bumpy going over the Fall and Winter, I really go back into it in May and I've been running pretty consistently since then.
It was HELL over the summer. Turns out that I love the heat when it means laying about at the cottage but it sucks for running. Now that the weather has turned a bit, I'm really happy to be out running. I even put in a 9km run yesterday (5.6miles)--my farthest distance ever!
I'm sort of amazed how good I feel about it. I've always tried to be active, but I can't say I've ever really settled on something I love. I can't say that running will be my thing for the next decade, but right now it's awesome. I just put on my shoes, step out the door and go. I find the stress relief that comes from a 30 minute run amazing and I'm looking mighty fine too. I've lost 12lbs since last winter, gone down a pant size and my mood is so much better. It's great.
The next step is to maintain the 3 times a week running habit over the winter months. I've decided to do a charity run in October to keep up the momentum. So I joined a team at work to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer foundation. Yep, I'm running for the cure.
I've done the walking part of the event a few times in the past with Team Knitty and then I stopped because I really really really hated the whole "pinkification" of the breast cancer message and I wasn't pleased with all the stupid pink product placement that tries to create brand loyalty from the perception that these companies are contributing to the cause.
I'm still not comfortable with it. But after doing my research, I see that Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation funds important scientific research AND community based initiatives to support women living with cancer AND socio-cultural research that looks at how cancer affects the lives of women and their families.
I can run for that and I hope you can support me.
Here's the deal. If you would like to donate, visit my donation page here. For every $5.00 donation you will receive a ballot for fabulous prizes from my stash. Just email me and let me know how much you donated to enter the draw.
I think this is a win-win-win solution. The Run for the Cure raises money, I thin the stash a bit and you get a chance to own some fabulous yarn.
Here are the first three prizes. I will probably add more once I have time to toss the stash a bit.
A fabulous orange skein of Araucania Ranco Multy:
Socks that Rock Midweight in Gertrude Stein:
Two skeins of Briggs and Little Regal worsted in a nifty purple: