It’s all about the food… and kicking cancer’s butt!

Run #2 today. This week, our training was on a Sunday, instead of the usual Saturday, and I think most of us TNT old-timers got our body clocks all thrown off. That’s ok, though, because we had all the new participants to keep us smiling!

Look–it’s a whole lotta runners!

Coach Tim and former Coach Ed gave their famous beginner’s clinic before the run today, giving the new runners some very valuable advice, culled from years of marathon running. Between them, they’ve run over 40 marathons, so I’d say they have many important insights!

Ellen, one of our team Honorees, gave an incredibly inspirational speech after the run, about living with cancer and how it changes your life forever. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Ellen better over the last few months and she is one of my favorite people in the world–she’s also a person whom cancer needs to fear. This is a woman out on a mission to rid the world of this terrible disease, and I’m honored to help her in that fight.

Now, it’s no secret that part of why I run is for the food–in fact, anyone who’s ever run with me can attest to the fact that much of the conversation is going to be about (1) what I ate before the run, (2) what I will be eating after the run, and (3) what I would like to be eating during the run. So today was an extra special day for me, because Steve, one of our awesome captains on the team, hosted the team at his house for the famous “Waffle Fest” that takes place every season. It’s just what it sounds, people: waffles, waffles, and more waffles, and yes, all of the things that normally go with them (berries, syrup, OJ, sausages, muffins, and I brought my famous banana bread as well). It was a post-run culinary delight and more importantly, it was a chance to mingle with my fellow runners and get to know them better. After all, we will be running together for the next 4 months, so it’s good to know who these folks are you’ll be running with :).

Hanging out at the Waffle Fest

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