With the heat index so high, I opted for a more comfortable environment to put a few miles in. It was 6 miles on the Dreadmill while watching the first part of Cool Hand Luke. This movie is a classic and one of my favorites. There is a scene where “Luke” finds himself pitted in a jail-yard boxing match against a MUCH larger and stronger opponent. Of course he gets knocked down..... several times. But the thing about “Luke” is that he doesn't give up- with the odds stacked against him, he keeps getting back up. Even after it becomes evident to everybody, including his opponent, he doesn't quit. This “never-give-up” attitude seemed like the perfect message to receive as I put in these few miles.
Wow..... 153 AWESOME people in the One Mile of Honor event as of now. Please remember that it lasts all month and invite all YOUR friends. Keep spreading the word.
Today, for miles 11-16, it was my privilege to run IN HONOR of some wonderful people.
11th mile Allen Bilbro
12th mile Ollie Grisham
13th mile Bill Grisham
14th mile Steve Brantingham
15th mile David Brantingham
16th mile Barbara Brantingham
Once again, I am humbled and grateful to have been granted this privilege. They have joined the VOICES club and tomorrow, WE will run again and add a few more. Fight on, friends.
This is how it works-
I love to run but there are times when I would rather not. This is when the voices start. Chants, name calling, guilt and reverse psychology is how they get me up and out the door. I don't really mind the voices and have actually started looking forward to their daily calls. Together we have formed a running club that supports, encourages and competes with each other. I love these peeps. They are much more experienced, talented and tougher than I am. Pushing me out the door, through the hard miles and up the monster hills when I am feeling lazy or want to give up. Some people have "real" training partners, coaches and support crews. My team is ALWAYS with me and helps me to keep my eye on the prize and not veer off the track. Sounds crazy- Yeah, probably is.........