Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wounded Warrior Project Virtual 5k

Happy Independence Day to all my American blog friends!  Today we celebrate the day we declared independence from Great Britain and set our sites on being our own nation.

Today was a long day for me because we were heading to New Jersey (where I grew up) for a joint 4th of July and High School Graduation party in the afternoon.  But, before we did that I had to run the Wounded Warrior Project Virtual 5k.  I signed up to do this last week because the military to me is very important.  My Grandfather was an airman in WWII, my dad fought in Korea then served in the Coast Guard, my uncle served in the Air Force and his son is following in his footsteps in the Air Force currently, my other cousin is in the Army stationed at Fort Bragg, and my uncle's son was killed in March of 2002 in Iraq.  I also greatly respect all our men and women who serve in the military because I know I do not have the courage and fortitude these brave citizens have.  So, when I was given the opportunity to support them by running this Virtual 5k, I went for it.  I could run it any day this week, but I decided the 4th of the July was the day to do it.

I will say, the run itself sucked.  It was over 80 degrees and about 65% humidity when I went out.  It was not pretty.  I was sweaty within the first half mile.  I had a hard time keeping a rhythm and I just felt like I had nothing in the tank.  But, I ran my 5k because what I did today was nothing compared to the soldiers I ran for.  I thought about how much I was mumbling and grumbling to myself during my run when I got home.  And then I promptly said to myself, shut the F up!  You ran 41 minutes in some heat, the people you ran for today sacrificed a heck of a lot more.  And then I realized I was right...and I shut the F up.

Happy 4th of July!  I hope you had a fantastic holiday!

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