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2011 Veteran’s Day Run

 

The weather is cool, the leaves are turning and it’s a great time to run in the Tri-States.   Whether you’re embarking on your first 5K or your 50th, there are so many oportunities to try an event, that you just can’t miss!

November 3rd:  Tri-State Warrior Dash 5K, 10K or 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

This event has been renamed from the national Veteran’s Day run from last year, but comes to you from the same great crew that put together a fun race last year. I ran in the 11K last year (This year it’s a 10K.  11 was for 2011) and it was actually one of my very best runs.  Read about last year’s event here and sign up for it here! Proceeds benefit area veterans.

November 10th: Beat Beethoven 5K

Says the website, “At 8:00 am Beethoven’s 5th Symphony will begin… can you finish the 5K before it ends?”  The symphony is in the neighborhood of 30 minutes, so you’ll have to hurry!  Register here.  Proceeds benefit Symphony of Trees…which benefits local music programs.

November 22nd: Quincy YMCA Turkey Run

It’s a Quincy Classic! The 33rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk includes 5K and 10K runs or 1 mile and 5K Non-competitive Leisure walk options. There’s also a family rate for up to 4 runners.  Proceeds benefit the YMCA.  Read about my 2011 Turkey Run here and sign up for the race here.

December 1st:  Ring a Bell Run, 5K run or walk

The Jingle Bell run for the Arthritis Foundation is not making a return to Quincy this year, but the Kroc Center is filling the gap.  The new Ring a Bell Run Proceeds supports The Salvation Army annual Christmas Campaign, which provides Christmas food baskets, toys for children, and the community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. These funds also support year round services such as food pantry, rent and utility assistance and emergency shelter for those in crisis in our community.  Sign up for the run by clicking here!

 

 

 

 

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Back Where I Started

Bridge the Gap to Health, now in its 12th year, has become a Quincy tradition.  The event features 5K, 10K and Half Marathon distances, and all courses cross both the Bayview and Memorial Bridges over the Mississippi. The proceeds benefit the Med Assist program, which helps needy families afford their prescription medication.

6 Time Olympic Medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee hands me my medal at the BTG2011.

Bridge the Gap holds a special significance for me.  It was the turning point in my approach towards fitness and the beginning of a whole new lifestyle.  I set the goal of completing my first 5K race for Bridge the Gap 2011.  You can (and should!) read all about my run here, but here’s the important take away:  you can do it!  I was 30 pounds heavier at Bridge the Gap than I am now.  I was out of shape, tired all the time and not very happy with my body image.  Crossing the finish line and being handed a medal by a personal hero, Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee, was pure inspiration.

From that moment on, I literally couldn’t be stopped.  Following the race, I ran, biked, swam and played my way to a healthier me.  I’ve set bigger goals and I’ve believed that I could accomplish them.  Looking back, it wasn’t even a bunch of work to do it; it was a bunch of fun.  This change in attitude has had an immeasurable positive impact on all facets of my life.

This year I won’t be able to attend Bridge the Gap.  I’m going to be in Vermont that weekend, running with a friend in the Green Mountains.  A year ago though, I never would have dreamed of going to Vermont or running anywhere- especially not for fun- and that’s what Bridge the Gap started for me.

If you’re considering running your first 5 or 10K, or you’re wondering about what it might take to complete the Half Marathon course, I highly recommend you attend the Bridge the Gap meeting this Saturday at 1118 Hampshire Street at 9 am.  I’ll always look back on BTG 2011 as a pivotal moment in my life, and I hope that you will look back the same way on BTG 2012.

Click here to read more about the meeting and the 14 week half-marathon program.

Click here for Bridge the Gap’s Facebook Page.

Click here for my original recap of Bridge the Gap 2011.

Click here for another inspiring story of how Bridge the Gap changed another person’s life.

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The sign at the bottom read, “Hill? You Can’t Handle This Hill!”

Too shocked to have the sense to conserve my precious oxygen, I turned to the runner next to me and gasped, “Is this hill seriously trash talking us?!” I should have saved my breath because I needed every bit of O2 I could gather for the climb up Lover’s Leap in the middle section of the Hannibal Cannibal 5k Run.

The 16th annual Hannibal Cannibal was held this past Saturday morning in downtown Hannibal, Mo. More than 1,700 runners from 26 states braved temperatures that had already climbed into the mid-80s by 7 a.m. to participate in 5k or 10k courses. Each course began in downtown, headed up the highway and over the overpass, took a turn and then climbed the infamous 600-foot bluff known as Lover’s Leap.

This was only my second 5k run ever, but I was feeling pretty confident at the starting line. I gathered with the other slower runners near the back of the pack, and, when the cannon went off, the runners surged forward and formed a great river several blocks long and four lanes wide. My iPod playlist was cued up to a Deadweather song, and I felt like I was making good time as I crossed the highway overpass.

That’s about when the Hannibal Cannibal’s tag line, “It’ll eat you up,” began to make sense. Highway 79 from the overpass turns into a long, low hill. I’m going to say it’s about a 30-degree grade (though I’m just holding up my fingers to estimate, so I could be way off). The thing just goes on and on. I kept running, and it kept climbing. It was super hot, and I was kicking myself for leaving my sweatband sitting on my kitchen table back in Quincy. The course doubles back on itself, so the faster runners were all coming down the hill I was still trying to climb. I was jealous of those folks who had already made the turn.

When that hill finally did let up, I was treated to a glass of lukewarm water, and then started making my way back down the hill. The relief was only temporary though, because I was approaching Lover’s leap.

The “You Can’t Handle this Hill” sign was only the beginning of the Cannibal’s biggest weapon’s assault on me. The sign’s barb had me fired up, and I charged with renewed energy. Talk trash to me, will you, Hill? I’ll show you!

But it just kept coming! The grade increased to what seemed like 90 degrees, and the next sign teased, “Feel the burn?” I did feel the burn, but I wasn’t about to walk.

The Hill, unperturbed with my continued insolence, informed me, “Even your car can’t make it up this hill.” I’ll admit, the thought of my Camry and its very capable air conditioner caused me a great deal of mental anguish, but I was determined to keep going.

My calf muscles had worked themselves into a ball by the time the Hill hurled its next dagger, “Free Oxygen Ahead.” This one was a significant blow, because I’d completely forgotten what it was like to breathe.  I had to walk past the next warning, “Yes, there is a Cannibal at the top.” I resigned myself to my imminent demise and thought, “At least if the waiting Cannibal devours me, I won’t have to run all the way back downtown.”

MaryAnn Cornwell and Laura before the race.

Suddenly I was there at the top. Some saintly volunteer had a water sprayer and I reveled in the cool mist as I jogged past. I grabbed a glass of water and then saw the Cannibal himself! He was gnawing on a bone that I assume was a human femur (or possibly a turkey-leg, but we’ll go with femur.) He was distracted! It was time to make a run for it!I dashed past the distracted barbarian and didn’t even look over my shoulder to see if I was being pursued! It wasn’t long before I was turning the corner back toward the finish line. I’d made it! It was hard, and it was hot, but I was very proud. I clocked a time of 39 minutes and change. That was slower than my Bridge the Gap time, but I’ll tell you this, I’m not a bit disappointed. Running the Hannibal Cannibal was every bit of the challenge that they bill it to be, and I’m excited to have survived in one piece.

To view race results and to see lots more photos, visithttp://hannibalcannibal.com

Also, congratulations to all the runners who participated in this race, especially my friends MaryAnn, Amy, Melissa, and Jeff. Well done, everyone!

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