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.