I’ve had a nice, easy week of running to recover from my 10-miler last weekend. I didn’t run at all on Mon. or Tues, but eased back into it on Wednesday. I did a nice swim on Monday–such good recovery–and an easy trainer/strength workout on Tues. By Thursday’s run, my legs were feeling pretty good. On Saturday I went 14 with my friends. Most of us had done Cherry Blossom the week before and I think we still felt the effects by the last few miles. Maybe it was just the fact that we hadn’t run that long in a couple of weeks, or maybe it was our pace, which was probably a bit too fast!
Anyhow, this weekend concluded our three-week shoe drive to collect shoes for Soles4Souls. This organization takes donated shoes and doles them out across 125 different third-world countries. We organized our drive through our running club and collected literally hundreds of pairs of shoes. You can see my little helper standing with me next to the pile of shoes!
Fortunately, several of my running partners came over on Sunday afternoon (thank you Pat, Janelle, Jess and Dorothy) to help me tie laces together and load up boxes for shipping. It’s a big task, but many hands make light work! This week we’ll ship the shoes off to the soles4souls warehouse in Alabama and then they’ll go on to the country they designate as in need. The whole project was really quite easy. You simply let soles4souls know how many collection boxes you need, get the word out, and then collect your shoes. Most runners have several old pairs sitting around that they’re happy to part with. If you have any interest in doing something similar, go to the web site to get the details–www.soles4souls.org.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I’m two posts away from my 100th, so I’m coming up with something fun to mark it–stay tuned!