sunrise

More sunrises

I’ve always been partial to a beautiful sunrise. When traveling anywhere near a coast or a good vista, I’ll almost always get up at an absurd hour to drive or run to see it. Like…this one.

Gulfstream Park, Florida, 2011

Boy, there’s something to be said for the “real” camera. I need to pull that out more often. But anyone who knows me Facebook or Twitter knows that I *love* to run at sunrise whenever possible and share Instagram photos. Like…this one.

South side Milwaukee, somewhere near the infamous “Vomit Hill”

And this one.

South Shore Park, Milwaukee. Where all good sunrise runs start.

So, I was thinking recently about how to meet my fundraising goal for Racers Against Childhood Cancer this year, beyond the usual “incessant begging” strategy that has worked in the past, thanks to your generosity.

What could I do? Shave my head? Still not quite ready for that…

What event could I have? Working on some possibilities, but with all the training, don’t have much time for planning…

What could I give?

Inspired by Drawing Support on my friend Mickey Gomez’ blog, I found the “sunrise” connection.

This year, if you support RACC through my page, I will send you a special sunrise card. And if you donate $100 or more, I will send you a special framed version of the sunrise of your choice.

Together, we can help fund research so the 46 kids who will be told they have cancer today see more beautiful sunrises.

(Yes, sort of like the American Cancer Society “more birthdays” campaign. But way cooler ;) )

THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart, to those of you who have already shown your support this year. I promise to work my ass off to make you proud.

So much love.

Spaight

The pure joy of running through life…”eyes skimming disembodied through the air”

People run for a lot of different reasons. I started running for a cause. I kept running because I suddenly love it (who knew?)…and because I like to eat.

Yesterday, though, I had what felt like a bit of an a-ha/holy shit moment. And I realized that without even consciously thinking about it, I’ve been planning to run through the rest of my life. Here’s why.

I love few things more in life than seeing the sun rise. Had I not become a runner earlier this year, I could not have quickly gotten to the end of Navy Pier in Chicago yesterday in the limited time that I had before a meeting…for this.

Given a choice, why would I want to miss this?! The simple, practical truth is, not only does running help me control my weight, feel better, have more energy, be more healthy, lower my stress, etcetera, it helps me cover more ground in life. To see more. To do more.

I read this quote recently on Facebook that I really adore because it comes closer to describing the feeling of a *good* run than I’ve been able to:

“We need almost nothing at all to find our happiness. Only a few hours, a stretch of road, perhaps a friend, or even better a competitor. We hide in our spindled chests an unusually large and heaving heart, and in our heads a warbled tune, a song, as we move on down the road.

Do you know the feeling I know? When your legs have disappeared, and there is only your heart, your lungs, and your eyes skimming disembodied through the air? We are Aristotle’s featherless bipeds, we runners. Though we have no wings, we have taught ourselves to fly.

~Jeff Edmonds

I’m beyond grateful that I have discovered this about myself, heading into my 44th year…and that I have the good health required to do it.

If you run, or find joy in another sport, why do you do it? What does it feel like?

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