So before I... *ahem*, forget
I signed up for my 1st 10K! When I heard about the BAA 10K I was reluctant. At the time, I was literally hurting from all the aches and pains and I just didn't think I could even do it. But I needed a new goal since I was tiring of 5Ks. I still think I have bitten off more than I can chew physically, but since I have taken some time off from running, I feel so much better. I have no doubt I have the will and the endurance. I just don't know if the joints are gonna start yapping! There's only one way to find out.
I also thought it was fun that I was doing my inaugural 10K on the BAA's inaugural 10 K.
A little tidbit about me: I love stormy weather. Snowstorms, thunderstorms, hurricanes. As long as no one gets hurt. Tornados, on the other hand, scare the heck out of me (although they fascinate me like no other). Because of how I feel about tornados, I would never, ever consider living in the mid-west.
As we all know, the mid-west has been pummeled this year with tornados and what happened to Joplin, Missouri just wrecked me.
But on FB, I follow Runner's World and RW suggested to support Joplin by registering for the Boomtown 5K or 1/2 marathon race (even though it is cancelled) and run it virtually. So that's what I did. I registered for the 5K and on June 11th, I will run a 5K for the people of Joplin. It's nice to know that my registration fees are being used for the recovery efforts. God speed, Joplin.
And finally and certainly not least, I posted at the end of March about an event that I was participating in that was a big deal to me. I know that personal blogs allow you to post what you believe in. But for me, I have chosen not to talk about religion or politics. Those two subjects can be too much of a hate magnet and that's not what I am about.
After the rash of tragic suicides in the fall that involved such young beautiful people I felt that I needed to make a statement. Not in a brash way. Not in an "in your face" way. The NOH8 campaign does just that. In March, the campaign was on it's way to Japan, but because of the earthquake and the tsunami that followed, it was postponed and the campaign came to Boston instead. I heard about it through my online photographers network of friends and decided it was time to take a stand.
We need to start showing young people that it is not okay to promote hate. Although the campaign was started because of Prop 8 in California and same-sex marriage, it can apply to all types of hate: religious, racism, sexism. I am happy to see that such prominent actors/actresses, sports figures, politicians, etc are being the role models they should be. But I am also very happy to see everyday people standing up to make a statement, for whatever their reasons.
I will also confess that as a photographer, I was fascinated in watching the incredibly talented Adam Bouska work before my eyes and see just how a "magazine shoot" might be put together.
So here is my glamour shot, made available finally this week. It is my silent political statement. Peace...