Walk – Don’t Run

This past weekend was Richmond’s Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K – probably the biggest running (and walking) day for the community.  It holds a special place in my heart for a number of reasons – its a great event for Richmond, I help coach a training team, it has a great cause (Massey Cancer Center), I have run it with our daughter (including my 10K PR), I have walked it with Cheryl, I have run it with Carl – and two years ago, I ran it with Caitlin (my niece), when it was her first 10K.  Caitlin went on to adopt running as a critical part of her lifestyle and to train seriously for and complete other races. Last year I ran with her during her first 1/2 marathon and in November, she completed her first marathon at the Richmond Marathon.  In the process she adopted healthy eating (she’s a paleo fan) and exercise plans and lost over 70 pounds.  We previously featured blog posts about Caitlin at the 1/2 marathon and after her marathon run.


The Monument Avenue race is very special to me also because it was the “first” race I trained for and completed in my quest to reverse a number of years of neglecting my health.  For anyone who might possibly missed it here – the story of my physical and spiritual journeys is captured in The Race before Us:  A Journey of Running and Faith.

But this past weekend, I did not run in the Monument Avenue 10K.  Not because of the rain.  I walked the 10K.  At the beginning of the year, as an “equal opportunity uncle,” I encouraged Caitlin’s sister, Laura, to walk the Monument Avenue 10K with me.  Laura completed a 10-week plan that I shared with her.  So Cheryl and I completed the 6.2 mile loop on the cobblestones on Monument Avenue with Laura on Saturday.  We had a great time.  I look forward to Laura’s next race and soon, her own 1/2 marathon.


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  1. #1 by 278toBoston on April 1, 2014 - 11:29 am

    That is awesome. You have really helped a lot of people.

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