I love to write. I'm a writer. But I haven't been acting like one for, well, ever. I want to get back to it. So I'm going to do the "100 Days Project," and every day for 100 days, I'm going to write a blog entry. No rules about length or topic...just entries with writing. Here I go.
I did the Fresno Urban Run this morning. Soooooo fun! It's been a long time since I've done an organized run AND had Bob there as my personal paparazzi -- it was like old times.
This was the inaugural Fresno Urban Run. The start line was in Chukchansi Stadium and it finished at the top of the Grand Tower. For those of you non-Fresno-ans, Chukchansi is the ballpark for our minor league baseball team, The Fresno Grizzlies (a San Francisco Giants farm team). It's downtown, near the Fulton Mall, a walking-mall-type area.
Felicia at Pinnacle Training Systems is still coaching me, and she's had me running stairs for some time to get ready for this. I love to climb when I'm on the bike. I love to climb when I'm running. I have no idea what's that's about, but it simply is. And The Fresno Urban Run had plenty 'o climbing.
When Bob and I got to the park, I first had to decide which self-selected starting corral I should be in. Campus Children Center, one of our Child Development Labs at Fresno State, and, on a regular basis, she qualifies for runs like the Boston Marathon. One of her current goals is to run a marathon on every continent...the only ones she still has to go are Africa and Antarctica. Certainly not the corral for me. I seem to be a "middle-of-the-road" athlete in all the sports I try, so I unashamedly headed back to Corral B for intermediate runners. Even that made me a little nervous. Team in Training Cycling Team with Jonna, and I think she has done multiple centuries every year since our introduction to cycling back in 1999. Amazing.And just like when we were cycling together, at the start line, I'm praying that I'll survive, and Jonna's all calm-and-collected.
Raizana Teas, a local husband-and-wife tea shop that opened on Tuloumne Street in 2009. Delicious! And, of course, we had to check out the finisher's list. Empire State Building Run-Up for the fifth time. 40 years old. 1,576 stairs. In just over 11 minutes. Apparently it takes most participants about an hour. Wow. I'm happy with my finisher's bat from the first-ever Fresno Urban Run, though. Who knows. Maybe I'll do a "run-up" on every continent.