Smithville is having their 8th annual Smithville 5K/10K dam run 5K walk at the Smithville Lake Dam on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. The proceeds from the run benefit Rotary’s Worldwide Missions, which include the eradication of polio, world hunger, poverty, providing shoes to underprivileged children of the world, and also for local scholarships and community projects.
I found out that running through the West Bottoms can be quite trance inducing. The soundtrack from Far and Away shuffles onto my mp3 as I run past block after block of dilapidated brick facades and boarded windows, watching me desperately, pleadingly, begging me to notice them.
5k, 10k, marathon, triathlon, oh my! It’s getting to be that time of year again when everyone seems to be using an athletic event to raise money or encourage fitness. This year I plan to challenge myself with a few races, including a triathlon. People may think I am crazy for committing to training for a race that includes swimming, biking, and running, but I like to think I am up for the challenge. I have armed myself with books on how to train and prepare for a triathlon. All from my local library! Challenge yourself this year and make a goal of trying something new with your fitness.
I am constantly running around in my car to work, to the store, or to the bank. I also run for exercise. My biggest incentive is my high energy dog, who needs the additional outlet for all her pent up energy.
Running. Who needs it? Well, this guy. But I have a really hard time staying motivated to run, usually before I start running but even while my feet are shuffling along on the trail. Like many others out there, I get bored with running. It’s tedious, hard work, and awkward, especially if you like to do the T-Rex to conserve arm strength, which is great for that purpose but not so great when you’re scaring small children as you run past the jungle gym. Plus, after hearing the same songs or artists for long enough, it can make you go crazy. Shuffle can only help you for so long.