Saturday, July 11, 2009
Traditional Saturday Long Run with Betsy, Joe and the kids!!!
Betsy, Cole and I got up and met Joe and Katie at B&J Carryout and headed over to Belle Haven and got started by running across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge path until we got down to the National Harbor, about 3.2 miles out. We then turned around to see Joe and Katie hanging out at the end of the Woodrow Wilson path and then headed back to Belle Haven, where we continued on south 1.8 miles (just past the six mile mark) before turning around and finishing back at Belle Haven for our 10 miles. Joe put out a strong 5 mile run with Katie and then met us at the cars, where we got to chat for a few before taking off. Betsy and I were nothing if not consistent, averaging 8:21 min/mile, knocking the miles down in 8:30, 8:28, 8:24, 8:26, 8:19, 8:20, 8:23, 8:23 and 8:25, before pushing for the final mile finishing in 7:53 min. Great run, followed by a nice trip to the farmer's market in Old Town for our Ham and Cheese Scones (MMMMM mmmm MMMM DELICIOUS!!!) and another cup of coffee. Great run with the family. I am really growing to look forward to these weekend runs!
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!