Saturday, November 1, 2008
Running with Colvin and Betsy!
Went for my last, 'long' run before the marathon next Sunday down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We started off at the bathrooms on the Mt. Vernon Trail just south of mile marker 8, running up to the 8 mile mark and then down to the 5 mile mark then back. I was pushing Cole in the jogging stroller, while Betsy stuck with me. It was quite chilly, but after a mile or so, we warmed up and it didn't seem so bad. We both felt really good to the point that on the final mile Betsy asked if we wanted to push harder and get in the last mile in at about 8 min/mile pace, which we did! First time that Betsy has gone this long on a run since Colvin was born, so to be feeling that good at the end was quite a confidence boost for her. As a reward, we met Elana and Tara over at the Old Town Alexandria Farmer's market afterwards, grabbing some apples and pears, some Obama for President stickers, some brussel sprouts and a couple ham and cheese scones! Great morning, with us then walking around Georgetown for the afternoon, before heading home and reading out in our back yard. Good day!
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!