Sunday, May 22, 2011

Run for ALD 5k

Last night was closing night of All in the Timing, and after the show I ate half my bodyweight in food while filling in the cracks with a bottle or three of suds.  My head didn't hit the pillow until four in the morning, but I somehow forced myself to toe the line six hours later for the 9th annual Run for ALD 5k over at the Cooper River.  Nothing like standing at a starting line and thinking, "this is going to hurt."

This 5k is organized by the Kane Family.  I had the pleasure of working with Taylor Kane in a show a year and a half ago, whose father passed away from ALD 8 years ago.  The race honors his memory while also raising funds to find a cure for ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare, genetic disease).

I ran this race last year in over 21 minutes, and was fully expecting to run a similar time today, despite having run a 5k PR yesterday.  Instead, I dug deep and pulled out an 18:37, only the third time in my life that I've beaten 19 minutes in a 5k.  I finished in 4th place in my age group and 10th overall.

I felt lousy afterwards, naturally, but was happy that I had forced myself out of bed to support Taylor and her family.

1 comment:

  1. Nothing like standing at a starting line and thinking, "this is going to hurt." - I thought that every time I was at the start of a marathon.
    Great weekend - two sub-19s on back-to-back days. Will definitely pay off in Duluth! Time to taper?


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