Saturday, February 11, 2012

Virtual Run for Sherry Arnold

Winter has been mild in Syracuse this year, which is bizarre. Last winter we had over 120 inches of snowfall, and this year? Maybe 30?  Earlier in the week I asked my running buddies Jeannine and Norine if they wanted to head out and run the Tipp Hill Shamrock Run course this weekend, since it's coming up in a few weeks.  Although it's only four miles, it's full of killer hills, so it's a good idea to run it a few times before race day.




I also wanted to take part in Shut Up And Run's Virtual Run for her cousin Sherry Arnold, which is what we did today.  I woke up and it was in the twenties, we actually got a dusting of snow last night, and it was still coming down a bit when I left the house.  I made it to Burnett Park by eight o'clock, and we took off.




It was pretty icy in spots, I kept my eyes on my feet the whole time.  It felt good to be out in the cold, moving up and down the hills.  Although I had to walk down one in particular, I easily could have wiped out
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I thought of Sherry more than once.



This is the worst hill, and it comes at the end of the race, it's a steady climb to the finish.  There is a stop sign at the top, and I keep it in my sight, because once I reach it, I know the worst is over.





That's Jeannine.



It was a really good run.  

This virtual race was a wonderful way to celebrate the life of a fellow runner.

I wish Sherry's family peace.

16 comments:

Emz said...

Awesome job lady.
Freaking awesome.

Jessica Washburn said...

Love the energy of so many runners thinking of Sherry and dedicating todays miles to her. I get teary just thinking about it. I ran for her too.

TriMOEngr said...

Beautiful. I'm heading out soon. I had to shuffle my schedule due to some motherly duties.

ajh said...

I didn't think Syracuse ever had mild winters. It is certainly an unusual one.

Jill said...

For once in this crazy world of ours, I think we are having colder and more snowy weather than you! It was sooo cold this morning on our run for Sherry - but it was a good cold, you know? I'm sure Sherry was smiling big for you and your friends today!

MCM Mama said...

I had to run yesterday and I lucked out with lovely weather. Today was kind of nasty...

Wells L said...

Nicely done!

Lisa said...

Great job running on the slick roads! I'm afraid I doubt I'd be so brave.

J said...

This really has been a crazy winter! But we are being pounded with lake effect snow now - not sure if you guys are getting any of this but its quite a change! Great job getting out yesterday for that run - I ran with my group but was thinking about Sherry and being thankful that I am able to run.

Julie Arts said...

I haven't had to run in ice or snow yet this year - I'm wondering if we might continue on this coldless streak for the rest of the month and head straight into spring!!

Tara said...

Yep, ran in snow here too. Our roads and sidewalks are super clear though, no snow or ice on them. That downhill looks treacherous with all the ice!

Kelley said...

Great job! Conditions look a bit treacherous. Do you wear anything special to help you from slipping?

Susan said...

Awesome!

Are the streets not slippery?

We had a half on Sunday and that's when we ran and I thought of Sherry's family.... I wish them peace, too.

Teamarcia said...

Great way to honor Sherry. I too felt it appropriate to select a tough course for this one. We have that exact weather today, supposed to be topped with treacherous freezing drizzle. Nice.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

That was terrific motivation to do it! (I was a little worried you'd fall or hurt yourself though.)

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i feel very confused that I haven't seen snow or ice this year...florida is a weird place.

still just loving all the posts from this run