So the weather finally cooperated (no more icy roads) and I felt fairly healthy again, so it was back to runnin! I ran each day last week, including a long run with the White Rock Running Co-op. Felt good to be back out there after nearly 2 weeks off!
Who Ray that was fun!
After the run, we got breakfast tacos…natch! And I’m glad we did because it gave me a chance to catch up with some run buds.
One of these run buds is in the I Run 4 program. If you’re not familiar with IR4, here’s what it says on their website:
“In I Run 4 Michael, Athletes of all levels and kinds – runners, walkers, yogis, triathletes, etc – are paired with children and adults with physical, mental, and developmental special-needs ranging from Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy to Autism Spectrum disorders, to physical deformities and disorders like lost limbs and congenital organ disorders, to lesser-known disorders like AHC.”
It’s a pretty cool program. A lot of these kids aren’t able to run, so when someone runs 4 them, they usually share with them how many miles. After special events like races, quite often they send the kids their medals/shirts.
For the past few months, I’ve been giving race medals to my bud so he can send them to the girl he’s matched up with.
It’s always great to hear back that the kid was so excited to receive her new bling. I’m really glad it can bring a smile to her face!!!
Now yes, I do love my race bling too. And my own kids always love it when I bring a new medal home. So what I usually do now is explain to the race people what I’m doing and if I can have an extra medal for the girl. So far so good!
Not only do the kids love what comes from being in this program, but it can help the athletes too. When things get tough in a race, thinking of the kid you run 4 will help you keep going! That’s for sure!
How bout you? Have you heard of IR4? Do you know Who Ray is? Should I start a homemade tank top business?