Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Early morning run around the University of Florida
Got up early this morning after arriving in Gainesville early Monday afternoon and went out for a quick 5.5 mile run around campus. It was great to see the sites again. Really do miss it down here. Weather was good, overcast and warm, but not hot, although it was pretty humid. Took off from Jenn and Tim's down 34th Street towards campus, running up the hill on University Ave passing by the stadium and then the Chemistry Dept, getting down to 13th Street at the other end of campus before turning around and running through the center of UF by the bell tower and then the Stadium, the O'Connell center, the track and then finally the law school before heading back north on 34th Street to Tim and Jenn's again. I felt pretty good, maintaining about 8 min/mile for the run with only a couple stops for lights.
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!