Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or an antelope -- when the sun comes up, you'd better be running. -African proverb

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Karma & Kindness

If you read my last post (which hopefully you did), then you saw my mention of Karma & Kindness.  These are my 2 new pups.  Just kidding!  This is my new angle.  I've noticed that lots of running blogs have an additional angle.  Some talk about running and fashion.  Some discuss running and celebrities.  Some blog about running and food.  You get the point.  I've been trying to find an angle to go with my running blog also.  Last month, my husband (Hi Dave!) and I brainstormed a few different ideas: running and reading, running and research about running, running and doing good.  I think this last one might be it.  Random Acts of Kindness is a popular headline these days.  Ellen DeGeneres has a kindness segment.  There is also the Sandy Hook 26 Acts of Kindness project.  I have always liked the pay it forward idea, so I'm going to make an official commitment.  Putting it in writing (public writing, nonetheless) will hopefully hold me accountable.  My goal is to contribute in a kind way at least once a month.  Sooo... I was thinking that I could start running more charity races.  Or start donating to friends who are running for charities.  Or maybe just do some PSA-type posts.  I'm open to ideas.  Let me hear them.  Or better yet, join me!  The more kindness, the better.

Look what I found!  The timing couldn't be more perfect! 

Why just a week, though?
Think bigger.
Here's to a lifetime of kindness!

A Coke (or Wave) & A Smile

There's nothing more uplifting than a familiar, friendly face at the end of a long run.  Well, being carried by a group of firemen to the end of the long run might be more uplifting Ha ha!  Anyway -- I was reminded of this yesterday (the familiar face, not the firemen) while Michelle, my awesome running buddy, and I were in the 24th mile of our 24-mile run.  We were facing traffic, like good runners dowhen this car starts heading into the bike lane right for us.   We wondered for a moment what the car was doing Lo and behold it was my friend, Eric Lerude, just wanting to say hello.  Eric is the founder and organizer of the most fun relay ever, The Reno-Tahoe Odyssey.  (For those of you not from the Reno-Tahoe area, click here for more info on this great race.)  So when I introduce him to my running friends, I like to include the name of their RTO team as well.  He knows most of the teams, especially those that have been running this relay year after year.

Another shout-out to the Lerudes ... not only do they put on a great event, but they are also very generous Thanks again for the generous donation to the Girls on the Run program!  Again, if you're not familiar with this amazing organization, click here for more info.

This concludes my Karma & Kindness post #1.

A wave and a friendly hello can make a difference too.