Running for a cause

"When you’re through changing, you’re through." – Bruce Barton

 One of the things I’ve taken for granted during training the past month is making sure that I’m getting enough sleep. Normally, I need 6 to 7 hours of sleep, but once you start piling long runs on, it simply isn’t enough to get a normal night’s sleep.

A good reminder of that came Sunday, when I planned to get up early but fell back asleep. That pushed starting my long run off a few hours, but it certainly helped out on the road. Throw in a couple cups of coffee, another factor missing in some of my recent long runs, and it helped set me up for a good endurance workout.

Now it’s time to make the big push for peak fitness before the Twin Cities Marathon. I’m looking to put up good mileage, and may go with a 2-week taper instead of 3 weeks. It’s all very fluid, but one thing is certain: I’m looking to make a big push in advance of the marathon, in hopes of finishing on a high note, before wrapping up the season with a couple short, fun events.

Quite a bit has transpired in the past 24 hours for me, including agreeing to run in next year’s Fargo half marathon as a charity runner. I’ll write more about it in the future, but it seemed pretty fitting when I received the request Sunday from a friend from Moorhead High School. The timing couldn’t be more appropriate – today marks 9 years since my mom passed away at 48. It seems hard to believe it’s been 9 years – somedays it seems like so long ago and others it feels like it just happened.

I’m hoping to raise some money, and help bring some awareness, for Kate Hunt Mortenson and her family. I dedicated my marathon this past spring in Fargo to my mom, and next year will be my first time running for charity, this time for Kate, who had a courageous battle with cancer. If anyone is interested in joining our charity runner group, please feel free to contact me so I can pass along your information to the organizers.

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