Thursday, January 18, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen
#20 - 13 Races I've Run and Plan on Running

  1. Terry Fox Run - I've run this race every year for as long as I can remember. Even before I was a runner, I used to walk the 5K or 10K. Back in school, we would also do the Terry Fox Run during a school day. The Terry Fox Run raises money for cancer research. For those of you who don't know who Terry Fox was, he was a Canadian single leg amputee (due to bone cancer) who set out to run across Canada, a journey called the Marathon of Hope. Sadly, the cancer spread to his lungs and he had to stop before he had finished his journey. But every year, in his memory, Canadians across the country and around the world, participate in the Terry Fox Run in his memory.

  2. Run For The Cure - I've run this race every year since becoming a runner. The Run for the Cure is a 5K event that raises money for Breast Cancer Research.

  3. Do It For Dad - My husband and I ran this race for the first time last year, doing the 10K run, while my mom and dad walked the 5K. This race raises money for prostate cancer research, and I wanted to do this race after my dad was diagnosed with, and treated for, prostate cancer last year.

  4. HBC Run For Canada - Taking place on July 1st (Canada Day) my husband and I have run all of the "Run For Canada" 10K races taking place in Ottawa. The race is run early in the morning on Canada Day, before all the Canada Day celebrations start in downtown Ottawa, and has been a fabulous way to celebrate Canada's birthday. Entry fees from this race go to support local charities as well as Canadian amateur athletes.

  5. Run For Lunch - This was my first "real" 10K race, timed, with an entrant's bib and number (the Terry Fox races, being charity events, aren't officially timed and you don't have an entry number or bib.) This entry fee from this race went to help the student food bank at the University of Ottawa, hence the name "Run For Lunch."

  6. Ottawa Fall Colours Half-Marathon - In 2004 I ran this race as my first half-marathon. It was a great race. Small, but well organized, and the weather that day was perfect for me for running - overcast and cool. The photo in my Thursday Thirteen header this week is from this race.

  7. National Capital Half-Marathon - My husband and I have run this race the past two years, when it has been incredibly hot and humid, so not ideal conditions for running. The course for this race is lovely, along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, but there is little shade along the route. So with the half-marathon starting at 10 am at the end of May, it is hot out there for the runners. For 2007, they are finally moving the half start to an earlier time.

  8. Prince Edward County Marathon - My husband and I ran this race in 2005 as our first marathon. A small, rural marathon, the route is quite nice, through rural farmland, small villages, and through Sandbanks Provincial Park. Unfortunately, the year we ran it was also a very hot day, much warmer than usual for October, and so the conditions weren't ideal for running. Still, it was an accomplishment to finish my first marathon.

  9. 20 km de Paris - My first race in Europe. I ran this race this past October, meeting a group of friends from the Runango Running Forum. The race went well, although not as well as I had hoped. There is a lot of smog in Paris and my poor lungs couldn't take it! But it was fun to see Paris on foot and to socialize with my running friends.

  10. Vienna Marathon - My husband and I plan on running the Vienna Marathon this April. It will be our second marathon, and our goal is just to finish, running the entire race (unless the weather doesn't cooperate.) I am very fortunate - my husband runs much faster than I do (I'm very slow for a variety of reasons, including poor biomechanics due to the way my bones come together at the joints and a permanently compressed vertebra from a fracture in 1993) but he enjoys running and racing with me, so he happily runs with me for our long runs and for races. He does get runs in at his own pace when he runs at lunch at work (as an army officer, he is expected to stay fit and has time in his workday to do PT - physical training.) He is a great running coach and supporter.

  11. Winterlaufserie 15K - My husband and I plan on doing this race as a training run on February 15th. It will be an opportunity to run through Olympiapark, where the München Frühjahrslauf will take place.

  12. München Frühjahrslauf - My husband and I plan on running this half-marathon on April 1st of this year here in Munich. I'm hoping that the weather will be cool enough for me to have a good race.

  13. Munich Marathon - If, after Vienna, I still have the desire to run another marathon, it will be the Munich Marathon. The course runs through many of Munich's neighbourhoods and past some of Munich's most famous monuments, buildings and sights. The highlight of the race is the finish in the Olympic Stadium.
For those who are curious about the various race distances, here are some conversions:
  • 5K = 5km = 3.1 miles
  • 10K = 10km = 6.2 miles
  • 15K = 15km = 9.3 miles
  • 20K = 20km = 12.4 miles
  • Half-Marathon = 21.1 km = 13.1 miles
  • Marathon = 42.2 km = 26.2 miles


85 comments:

Addie said...

You are such a brave woman. I admire you and wish I had all that stamina ... good luck and Happy TT

My TT is much more relaxing :-)

Nathalie said...

Wow, that is just amazing! I've recently taken up Walking to get Fit, that's very nice to do, and after my condition gets better I want to try do running as well.
Good luck with all your planned marathons!

jj said...

That is a heck of a lot of running, what a buzz you must get!

I run a 5k race to raise money for breast cancer research in the UK every year. That is my limit so far, haha! But every little helps, right?

I have considered training for a 10k in the past. Maybe this year I will!

Darla said...

Wow, that's a lot! Have you looked into in some of the other places you've planned on visiting?

Gattina said...

hhhhhh ! I am breathless from running through your blog, lol ! You had a lot of runs and even the Paris Marathon (that's the only I know). We have one in Brussels too I guess in September.

Tink said...

Good for you to run for the good causes, wonderful way to show commitment. Did you (or are you going to) do a run over here in The Netherlands?
My TT has 13 words to describe me.

twiga92 said...

That's pretty cool! I enjoyed going to watch my sister run her first marathon this past November in Richmond, Virginia. I think I might volunteer to help out at the Detroit marathon in the future. It's a lot of fun to cheer on the participants.

Maribeth said...

You sure have a lot of energy!

richard said...

Good luck with all those races. Very inspiring

Jane said...

I certainly admire you and your ability to do this. Right now, I am just glad to be able to walk through the grocery story without using their motorized carts!!! Maybe after my next knee replacement I can think about walking fast!
Thanks for stopping by my T13.

Christine said...

You are such an inspiration! I used to do the Terry Fox run in school as well. It really made me feel good as a kid.

And on a funny side note. My daughter told my husband the other day that she never wanted to run again. When he asked her why she said she didn't want to get cancer. In her seven year old mind, she thought the reason Terry Fox got cancer was because of running. My husband had to explain it to her. :) She's ready to run again.

Heart of Rachel said...

I admire your strength and stamina for these races. Keep it up.

Raven said...

Good for you. I'm planning to do my first marathon this year...hopefully the Boston MTHN.

Thomma Lyn said...

Awesome! I used to do long-distance running but I never entered any races. Thought about it sometimes but... well.. let's just say I'm a very slow runner. ;)

Good luck with your races!

My TT is thirteen woman writers who rock my world. :) Happy TT to you!

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Wow, what an impressive list! Happy TT! Joely

K T Cat said...

Great job! My achilles tendons won't let me run so I stick with weights and kung fu.

Cheryl said...

Wonderful! I'm still hoping to get back into running and I'd really like to run in the Bolder Boulder sometime.

busy91 said...

Wow good for you! You rock! I need to start up my walking again, maybe in March.

Daisy said...

Those races sound great! My Mommie used to do some 5K races, but she has not done one in a while. She did one on an abandoned airstrip. Another fun one was on Mother's day, and the girls start out first, then the boys start a few minutes later and try to catch them! They gave all the girls roses at the end of that one.

Brad said...

I too admire your discipline in running races. I certainly I'm not there yet, as is evidenced by my physique.

Amy Ruttan said...

Great races, having family in Prince Edward County I can imagine what a scenic run that would be. My ancestors when they came to Canada to settle it settled in PE County.

Since loosing my weight I have been training with a PT in order that I can Run for the Cure this October. It's important to me as I lost my Nanny to Breast Cancer.

Great list. Happy TT.

Charlotte said...

Wow! Lots of running! Good luck & happy TT!

Mikala said...

Wow! That's fantastic that you've run all those races...I admire runners. Awesome TT!

Happy TT!

JO said...

wow! you've got quite an energy.

happy TT!

Annie said...

I used to do a lot of running. Was racing as young as 7 years old. In college, my knees got so bad that it's stopped me from running and I really miss it! I'm envious of you!

Happy TT!

Angelle Trieste said...

Wow! I've raced only once (and almost died trying to finish it). Good luck! :)

Pen said...

Wow, amazing list!

I am not a big runner, but one day I plan to do the 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. It's 60 miles over three days.

Thank you for stopping by my TT.

alisonwonderland said...

fabulous, caylynn! i'm very impressed! you're putting that running gear you got for christmas to good use, i can see! :)

happy TT! thanks for stopping by.

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Wow, good for you!

{Karla} said...

WOW --- one of my goals is to run at least one marathon before I turn 40 (and continue running 1/2 marathon's and 5Ks after that...

I used to run track, but was a sprinter...

Happy T13!

Blessings,
Karla

Jaci Burton said...

I so admire runners. It requires an amazing amount of discpline, training and stamina. And you run for incredible causes too.

I applaud you and your husband.

Jenny Ryan said...

I remember watching the Terry Fox story on HBO when I was younger. Go you!!

Christine said...

I get so inspired to put my running shoes back on when I come to visit.
I'd love to do #9 and #10.
Good luck with all your marathons.

Happy TT!
My TT is up

tbirdoanwire said...

Your accomplishments in running is something to be very proud of.

Congratulations on your efforts!

Happy TT and thanks for visiting.

Laura said...

awesome! i stopped running because of hip problems and now ride endurance bike rides.
wtg!
thanks for visiting my tt this week.

Nancy J. Bond said...

I'm so impressed with the events you participated in! Well done!

Sparky Duck said...

I remember the Terry Fox story movie and Im glad to see there is still a run in his honor

Kai said...

Hi Caylynn - I saw your comment on Heather's (Beautiful British Columbia) site about CFB Chilliwack. My hubby's with the RCMP and the RCMP has purchased part of the Chilliwack base, but there is a large part that is still operational. His buddy is at CFB Edmonton, and is actively working at getting posted to Chilliwack.

Anyway - just wanted to let you know that it must be open in some capacity! Worth checking into maybe?

Thanks for stopping by.

Frances said...

How do you do it.
I read the list and I'm exhausted.
Thanks for visiting me.
Happy Running,
Frances

Angelo said...

Wow that's a lot of runs! Good for you Caylynn, you must have an awesome cardiovascular system :) Are you still able to do the Terry Fox run over there in Germany? Cheers and Happy Thursday :)

Layla said...

You are amazing. I have always admired the stamina and dedication of runners. You go girl!

Thanks for coming my my first TT - I am having so much fun getting to know everyone!

Desert Songbird said...

Incredible list -- I'm in awe of your abilities and your plans.

Thanks for visiting mine.

Elisa said...

Wow! Great list.

Haley-O said...

Wow! You are awesome! I could NEVER run like that! I'm the worst runner. Walk? Maybe, not run. Good for you. :)

Heather in Beautiful British Columbia said...

I remember watching Terry Fox on his journey - what a wonderful, inspirational young man he was! Thanks for the reminder. Nice TT :)

Rose said...

That is amazing and wonderful that you run for so many fundraisers.

Dane Bramage said...

When I was younger I did the Run for the Bus. Had to or I'd be late for work. Then I got a car and hardly run for anything anymore. Good luck with future runs!

My Thursday Thirteen #26 is up. Better late than never. It is the 13 Favorite Bible Verses Edition Stop by if you get a chance

Brinker Business said...

WOW! what an inspirational 13.

Julie in Texas said...

Wow! You go girl!

I did the Race for the Cure and will each year, my mom died of breast cancer last February...41 days after being diagnosed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Raggedy said...

Wow! Impressive list and I applaud you. WTG and a big ^5. I really admire you. Good luck and good health wishes for your continued strides.
Have a wonderful Thursday.
Thank you for stopping to visit with me.
Happy TT

Marcia said...

It is great to walk/run for a cause and to have your husband share your interest as well.

tvaddictgurl said...

Wow! That is just amazing. Good luck with all your planned runs this year.

The Cosmic Kid said...

Great list! I hope I have a chance to run places like that!

Leah said...

Wow...what a great feat! congratulations and good luck on your next runs. And all or most for a good cause..well done!
hey thanks for dropping by.

JAM said...

Awesome! I hope all of your and your husband's races go well.

I remember watching a movie years ago about Terry Fox. I had forgotten all about it until I read his name here. Amazing story.

Kari said...

HOLY COW! You go girl! :) My husband is Canadian...cool, eh? Happy TT!

Sunflower said...

A great list. I know that runing can be addictive too:-)
And it is healthy habbit!

My TT is up too.

I will Exercise for Comments!
Sunflower

Laurence said...

A fond la forme !!! :-D

Happy Thursday Thirteen !!!

elisheva said...

Wow, that's alot of races and alot of comments too! Thanks for visiting my TT.

Chickadee said...

That's cool that you do the race for the cure. They have that race in my city and it's a HUGE event.

My 13 are up.

Gabriella Hewitt said...

I bet if you add up all the steps you have taken it would get you once around the world. :) You go, girl!

Sasha
www.gabriellahewitt.com
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my 2 cents said...

What a great thing to be involved in! I wish I were so motivated...

TopChamp said...

I think you have too many comments for my computer to cope with! It crashed as I was trying to tell you how frightening that list is to me! But also how impressive x

Colleen Gleason said...

Wow...you are really motivated! I've never really been a runner, but there are many times I wish I had that impulse.

Thanks for coming by my TT!

Susan said...

Caylynn you are amazing - this is so inspiring - tho my middle-aged knees are kind of mad when I run these days so I will use this for motivation for my gym/yoga/weights/arc-trainer time instead of for running motivation if that's cool :) good luck on the upcoming runs - Run, Young One, Run like the wind!!!! :)

Joy Renee said...

so much energy and ambition.

i miss running. it was something i was known for as a kid and into my early twenties. the only races I ran were in gym class and highschool track. but in jr high i used to race the busses down the hill carrying my books, clarinet and coat, in a dress too! i used to be teased that i never learned how to walk. :)

i sometimes wonder what it would take for someone who is legaly blind and been neglecting their health for over two decades to get to a place (both health and location wise) where it is safe to run fast enough to make the still air sound like wind in your ears and reach that feeling that any step may be the one that launches you into flight. sometimes i wish my memory of what it was like were not so vivid.

have a great time running!!

my tt is about what The Sound of Music means to me or The Impact of Story on a Life

Lara Adrian said...

Wow, do I feel like a lazy slug now! Your list is awesome. Good luck with your training--and lucky you, living in beautiful Munich!

she said...

Oh wow. I've done some long distance walking, but marathon running takes so much time and discipline. You're amazing.

Geekwif said...

Oh dear, I'm exhausted already!

terra shield said...

You do run a lot, don't you? Thanks for dropping by :D

KarenW said...

Sounds like you'll be doing a lot of traveling as well as running! How nice to share a hobby with your husband.

Gina said...

All I can say is WOW! WOW! WOW! And more power to you & your husband! Running for a special cause is truly admirable.
Hey, thanks for giving me the right spelling of Michaelle Jean's name =)I corrected it as soon as I read your comment ..

catherine said...

Wow. That's a lot of running. I can't even imagine.
Thanks for visiting my site.

Debbie said...

I'm amazed. You are incredible!

Lisa said...

Mercy, Caylynn, I feel like a slug just reading your list! That's incredible.

Blond Girl said...

Hi. Here from Geekwif's T13.

I'm impressed. The only races I can manage are the rat race, the race to the remote and the human race. I don't know if I could actually manage one that required special shoes!

my T13 is up... shows to love and hate on cable tv.

marianne said...

wow, very impressive... and admirable. Good for you!

Thanks much for stopping by. :)

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Julie said...

You're awesome! I don't even think I could run a mile without collapsing :)

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Chateau said...

Wow! *wave, wave, wave* You are my fitness idol! I hope you will be able to run all 13 and more...
Hey, I'm missing your FF :) Dropped by, i thought i'd find it.. Must be a busy weekend huh. have a great one!

elementaryhistoryteacher said...

Thankts for stopping by.....run, run, run! :)

Teena said...

You're my hero :)

Mine's up too ...

PJ said...
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PJ said...

Thanks for visiting my site. You're an inspiration - I'd love to try a race one day.