But yesterday I broke my rule for two solid reasons.
1.) Susan G. Komen is a pretty inspiring cause.
I love all the pink.
Sometimes big groups of people with a lot of emotion move me.
I've been admiring Ron and his hilarious (no, really, be prepared to laugh your ass off) blog for a couple of years. I mean, I was really following his blog: This was before I had my own blog so I didn't get a feed of his postings -- I physically had to type in his URL to stalk his adventures.
I always secretly wanted to be friends with the Punk and pick his brain about his writing, his training, and his running, but I halfheartedly worried he would be one of those famous bloggers who doesn't actually read the comments admirers leave. (Sure, Ron, I know you consider Catra Corbett and Scott Jurek famous, but I'd put you on the same pedestal!) Lucky for me, this was not the case at all -- Ron was the one to reach out to me, welcome me to the city with the nicest care package, and he took time out of more than a few days to send e-mails about races and clubs in the area.
No longer the nerdiest kid in the City, all thanks to Ron.
Imagine my excitement when I got a text message from Ron, asking if I wanted to meet up with him for a jog through Golden Gate Park. While our run in the Park didn't quite pan out as planned, we did meet up at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k. Yesterday, I got to meet someone I admire face-to-face and run a race with him!
Ron's second 5k. Yup, he skipped all the short-distance races and went straight for the marathon.
Ron has accomplished so much in his few years on the planet that even professional athletes bow down in shame. He is a Marathon Maniac, he runs every race imaginable in the Bay Area (sometimes multiple races in a weekend), he's an accomplished triathlete, he's an Ironman dominator -- and he still pushes himself to do and achieve more. Constantly. Placing 2nd in a half marathon the day before the 5k? (And staying out late for a preseason hockey game the night before the half marathon?) No problem for this guy!
I've followed Ron's blog through his training and his races leading up to the Coeur d'Alene Ironman, read about his struggles and his triumphs in mentally preparing for such a daunting task, and continue to read about his journey in extending his races to further mileage and more Ironman distances. Ron is the epitome of determination and perseverance. It's even more inspiring to hear his story in person than through his self-deprecating writing -- he started running just three years ago, and he did so weighing 100 pounds more than he does now.
Ron and I knew that we weren't going to be setting any PRs in the 5k distance this weekend, simply because of the sheer number of pink globs getting in our way. Don't get me wrong -- I loved all the pink and even decked myself out in it, but all that really mattered to me was that I got to run with him. We ran the race as fast as we could, while making sure we didn't bonk, puke our guts out, or shatter any knees or ankles, and yet we still fit in a few words here and there.
Despite his crazy race schedule and his busy everyday life, Ron is the humblest, nicest, giving-est man. And he's just as funny in person as he is on his blog. I am so happy I got to meet him and run with him.
Not feeling guilty at all about that delicious Candy Cap donut.
Post-race sweaty messRon looking all smooth after running two races in one weekend! Me looking like I'm missing a foot.
Ron: Thanks so much for the awesome care package, your e-mails telling me where/what I should run, dropping me a line (and putting up with my subsequent lines) so we could work out the race-day details, letting me steal all of your iPhone pictures, AND putting me in touch with your running friends. I can't wait to see you at the U.S. Half, as long as you can put up with me some more. :)
3.15-mile splits: 8:05, 8:05, 8:09, 1:07 (overall time: 25:26)
Air Temp: 76F
Air Temp: 76F