I feel there's no need for a reminder that this morning as 9 a.m. Mountain time--or anytime today, this weekend, or this week--is the virtual run for Sherry Arnold. I can feel the energy in the air, so a reminder seems superfluous. Already moms like Erica and our own Dimity have run with a Sherry bib on their chest and Sherry's spirit in their hearts. I'm going to be remembering the strong, caring mother, runner, and teacher on a 13-mile run with my good friend Molly, setting off at 8 a.m. Pacific. To paraphrase Dimity, we hope to feel the Earth shake with the mighty footfalls of mother runners who feel a loving bond to a woman most of them never got a chance to meet.
Not to trivialize anything or anyone, it seems fitting, in a way, to announce the four winners of a Nathan VITAband today since part of its purpose is to enhance runner safety. This waterproof bracelet looks like a stylish, sporty watch-cum-bracelet, but it's really a keeper of contact information, medical details, and a preloaded debit chip good at pitstop-places like 7-Eleven, Einstein's Bagels, and convenience stores. The four winners get a VITAband plus a $14.95 annual subscription for the storage of the medical information. Here are the gals, chosen via random.org, and their responses to the question of what they'd buy at a 7-Eleven if they stopped mid-run:
Nicole Lisk: midrun – water and fruit snacks; postrun – chocolate milk and a bag of ice to fill my ice bath!
Heather H.: ooooh, salt & vinegar chips and water!
Angela: If I was mid-run, probably a Powerade, mountain blast flavor, but not before looking longingly at the nachos....
Betsy: I’d buy Combos and a water. I’d want to buy cigarettes but wouldn’t now that I’m a healthy runner! Thank you, running!
After reading all the suggestions, I had a hankering for salty, greasy chips, and I ran to the mirror to see if my tongue was Slushee-blue. Winning women, please email us your first and last name, mailing address, and VITAband color preference to runmother at gmail dot com. Also, please measure your wrist at its thickest part and let us know how may inches it is. (There are two sizes of band.)
Now get out and run for Sherry--and for yourself, mother runner.