• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 281 (Yuri’s Night 5K)

    Image from Yuri's Night 5k website: http://www.yuris5khouston.com/.

    Image from Yuri’s Night 5k website: http://www.yuris5khouston.com/.

    Saturday, April 18, 2015

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  3.10 miles;  Running Total: 247.52 miles)

    Day 281 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    The Yuri’s Night 5k celebrates the first human in space and the first orbital flight of the US Space Shuttle. Both took place on April 12, the first in 1961, the second in 1981.

    I’ve always been a huge space nerd. Working at NASA for six years in support of the Shuttle program and the Extra Vehicular Activity (ie. space walks) program was easily the highlight of my entire working career. I hope to work there again someday.

    So this race was perfect. I wanted something to mark the end of radiation and cancer treatment, and what better way than to celebrate human space flight?

    I still have two weeks left in the Couch to 5k training app, so my race goal wasn’t to run the entire 5k. My goal was to finish my training run for Week 6, Day 3 (run for 22 minutes).

    I met my goal and we walked/ran the rest of the 3.1 miles at our leisure. A big thank you to my friend Amy for running with me. Amy is faster than I am but she stuck by my side and walked any time I wanted to.

    She made the day special.

    Before the race started. Me on the left, Amy on the right.

    Before the race started. Me on the left, Amy on the right.

    Posing with Star Wars characters that were roaming about the start line. The Yuri's Night 5k organizers definitely know who they're catering to.

    Posing with Star Wars characters that were roaming about the start line. The Yuri’s Night 5k organizers definitely know who they’re catering to.

    During the race stopped to take a picture by Buzz Aldrin's house.

    During the race stopped to take a picture by Buzz Aldrin’s house.

    After the race. Sweaty, red and hungry, but smiling really big anyway because I did it!

    After the race. Sweaty, red and hungry, but smiling really big anyway because I did it!

    Today’s silver lining: Human space flight, weather that magically cooperates and running buddies.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.

    xoxo,
    Meghan

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3 Responsesso far.

  1. […] the gratitude I felt came from something Amy said on Saturday. Something I haven’t been able to get off my […]

  2. Melissa says:

    Great pics!!! the last one is pure happiness!

  3. amy p says:

    ROCKSTAAAAAR… YOU ROCK!

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