Unfortunately I’m still in recovery from the incident a couple of weeks ago – although I am now feeling much better than I was, with the firewalking instructor training just a couple of days away I can’t risk doing myself any more damage so I’m having to hold back on my training again 😦
However, I do still have one last blog post from before the incident happened to share with you, and it was one of my favourite runs to date – a run for Adore.
June 29th 2011…Partying with Adore…
Session Time: 46 minutes
Distance Covered: 3.34 miles
Total Time: 24 Hours 53 minutes
Total Distance Covered: 120.04 miles
So…who is going to be joining me for today’s party session I hear you ask?
Well…having put the word out to ask for people to send me through the details of someone that they would like me to do a party session for, I was delighted to be able to do today’s party session inspired by a good friend’s Aunt.
A lady called Adore…short for Adoracion (what an exquisite name!)…who is currently battling breast cancer.
When I asked the person who had put her forward if there was anything in particular that she would like me to do on the run, something that’s very ‘her’, the response was: “High fives would be great. a prayer would be good actually… she’s super into that.”
Well that is definitely doable! 😀
So today was all about Adore.
I jumped out of bed and pulled on my running gear…but today I made a very special addition.
Today, in honour of Adore’s fight with breast cancer, I decided to include not only my super scaffolding sports bra under my black vest top….but also a hot pink bra OVER THE TOP of it. It seemed only appropriate.
…and here is a photo to prove it 🙂
So, appropriately attired for the session, I headed downstairs to begin my stretches…as the theme from Legally Blonde “Perfect Day” came blasting into my ears…a film about another blonde with a passion for hot pink…perfect.
As I went to head out of the door, with Adore in my virtual training team (all warmed up and ready to go!), I glanced down and saw the title of the book I’m currently reading.
It’s called “Creating Magic”…something told me, that was going to be the order of the day. 😀
…and with that in mind, off we set.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day – sun was shining, blue sky, no clouds in sight. Perfect for a party session.
I left the house and was at the end of the road before I realised I’d not said the prayer requested to give this session extra Adore-factor, so I took a pause to send a few words and then was back on my way.
The warm up power walk with extra Adore-inspired boogying was well under way when I bumped into Joy and Blue, the inspiration for yesterday’s run. I was delighted to see them, and stopped to tell them all about my new mission and dedicating yesterday’s run to them. Although not quite sure what to make of the babbling blonde in front of her (complete with hot pink bra as external wear), Joy did seem pleased with the news, so having thanked them for the inspiration they provided me and wished them a lovely day I was back on my way.
We kicked it up to a run, bopping along to the music, enjoying the sunshine when I spotted someone running some way ahead of me. I had only one thought “High fives would be great”….knowing how sporadic my experience of other people on my early morning runs can be, I was aware that this might be my only opportunity for the high five I was going for. So I made it my mission to catch him.
Now, given I’m not the fastest of runners, and this chap was obviously a regular party session person, this was a REAL mission. I’d closed the gap significantly when my legs started really complaining and my breathing was getting a lot more panting labrador-esque…but this was for Adore…nothing was going to stop me.
…and then to compound matters he turned off my usual route!! Well, in for a penny, in for a pound…off I followed him!
When I was finally within a distance where I could call to him, I managed to babble a 30 second explanation for my pink bra and high five requirements…and he obliged me with a high five in return.
On my way back to my usual path I passed a businessman who commented that it didn’t sound like this workout was doing me a lot of good (the panting Labrador was at full volume now!) and I explained my need to obtain at least one high five for Adore that day…to which he provided me with a second. Thanks George! 😀
Voila Adore…two high fives, just for you.
On we went, throwing a MCGC (Morning! Colgate Grin Combo) to the other people we saw…and continuing the scientific experiments regarding rose bush scents (you’ll be pleased to know that although the reds are still on top…the pinks are gaining!)…with a lot of bum wiggling boogying as we went. 😀
Half way through the run an ambulance passed with it’s lights flashing and I sent up another prayer for them to reach their destination on time…as I thought this is what Adore would do in this situation.
It has to be said, I’m surprised I didn’t cause a traffic accident today. It was only too easy to forget my less-than-usual lingerie display…until another driver drove past and gave me a major double take. Even funnier were those driving away from me who I could see frantically trying to get a glimpse in their wing mirror as they went…just to verify that it really WAS a nutty blonde woman with a pink bra over her clothes singing and dancing down the street. Priceless. 😀
I felt that in her younger days that Adore would have appreciate a good bought of skipping along playing airplanes…so the car weaving today had extra bounce…I was beaming…so much fun. 🙂
Around this point I started to realise that I was really in pain. The muscle behind my left shin bone had been acting up for a few days now (mainly, I think, because it’s being worked again!)…but this was now REALLY painful.
If anything, it spurred me on. I can only imagine the pain that Adore has experienced on this battle, and my little leg spasms were nothing in comparison. I embraced the pain. I let it fuel me. And on we ran.
As we ran along, being so grateful for this beautiful day and all of the gorgeous surroundings we were experiencing as we went I noticed something for the first time ever. We past a house with the name “Que Sera”….”What will be”. Interesting. It reminded me of a saying a good friend used to repeat often…”If God brings you to it, he’ll bring you through it”…I smiled, and kept boogying along. 🙂
After a quick feed of one of the horses, Katy Perry’s “Firework” came blasting on my iPod…but today I felt compelled to change the words and sing out loud as a I ran along:
“…You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine, just own the night like the 4th of July…’cause Adore you’re a firework, come on show ‘em what you’re worth, make them go “oh, oh, oh” as you shoot across the sky-y-y, Adore you’re a firework, come on let your colours burst, make ‘em go “oh, oh, oh” you’re gonna leave them all in awe, awe, awe…”
I got some REAL interesting looks…but I didn’t care 😀
Nearly home, I discovered a couple of fans watching me boogie down the road…I had gained the interest of a couple of dogs on their morning walk. I popped over to say hello to Fay (their owner), Pablo and Wilma…and while Pablo was incredibly interested in getting lots of fuss from a strange boogying blonde, Wilma was not at all sure…I don’t think she approved of the pink bra..she’d obviously have gone for a more traditional colour. 😉
On the final stretch I decided to take my headphones out and just enjoy my final stint au natural…with a final rose bush experiment conducted, I looked around as I ran and took in the lovely day…the birds singing, the sunshine, the flowers around me as a I ran.
….and before I knew it, one very grateful Claire was back on her doorstep.
Today’s happy dance was done in the spirit of that which I’m sure Adore will be performing once she’s won her battle…with a good punch in the air and a final little prayer to finish it off. 😀
By the end of the run, my face was the same colour as my bra (photographic evidence below), but I was lit up from the inside. My leg was in a lot of pain, but I didn’t care.
Thank you Adore, for allowing me the honour of doing this run with you as my inspiration – your strength and bravery in the face of a challenging time is what real inspiration is all about, and I hope I’ve brought a smile to your face with my boogying shenanigans!
So…who’s next for a ride on the party session express? 🙂
Another step closer x