I am starting training (again) for my second favorite half marathon: The Run To Stay Warm (RTSW), hosted by the Eugene Water and Electric Board. All proceeds go to help disadvantaged families afford to heat their homes this winter. Once again I am training with Joe's group, and once again Randy Hampton will be joining us from San Diego for the run. This will be a fantastic time for all!
Now, let me explain in a little more detail why I love this run so much. First, the charity aspect of it is simply amazing! The fact that my registration fee goes to help people directly is awesome! Next, I love that Randy comes to visit. Last year we ran Pre's Trail, visited the Pre Memorial, and feasted on VooDoo Doughnuts! This year will be no different (maybe with the PR exception: last year this ended up being Randy's second fastest half!) But really, the real reason why I love this race so much has everything to do with the time of the year. The cooler temperatures of November, coupled with the cooler training days leading up to the run, make for a very enjoyable experience for me.
Temperature and MS--these two issues collide with each other regularly in my life. Seems the hotter it is, the more lethargic I am (see 80% of my past blogs). The RTSW is great when it comes to this collision. Cooler temps, less flare up. Less flare ups, better runs. Its a physiological win-win!
So, this year, when you are out running in the chilly autumn air and the wind is stinging your nose and your ears ache and your eyes are watering, please think of me and how this is the best time of the year for running and training and being out enjoying life. I try to make the most of it. You can too, MS or not.