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Running for Sherry..

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Today is the day to run/walk/skate/dance/paddle/bi
ke/boogie/move to honor Sherry Arnold, the wife, mother, teacher, runner, and so much more woman in Montana who went out for a run one morning and never came home. While authorities believe they know what happened, and have suspects in custody, they have not yet found Sherry to bring her home.

I blogged about this virtual run previously:

Today is the day. The folks in Sherry's hometown did their honor run this morning at 9 a.m. Montana time. I ran, with my bib for Sherry, this morning at 9 a.m. local time with my Galloway Tribe. I snapped a picture of Sherry's bib before leaving today.

It's a blurry Blackberry pic, but you get the idea I hope. The 5 mi run with the Tribe today was one of the roughest runs I've ever had. Thursday evening and all day Friday I went off the Spark-grid and ate too many things I shouldn't have, and didn't track it. There's no hiding it or faking it from the body though, you know? I was dehydrated, not well fueled, over-stuffed and basically miserable the whole way.

I just kept thinking it was a wonderful run, though, because I was running. I could run. I can run tomorrow, and next week, and whenever I want. I'm fortunate to have this life and to live it well. I finished the run, and I loved seeing so many people, strangers, wearing the same Running for Sherry bib as they ran and walked by.

While I'm typing this, I'm eating a greek yogurt with a tbsp of nestle quik and a bit of sugar-free hazelnut syrup in it and it is divine. I've found a new delish post-run snack! Later we're going to pick up our Fanconi Valentine's 5K packets, and do some other errands. I'll be taking Sherry with me everywhere I go. I didn't know her personally, but she is every runner.

She is each of us. Be safe, my Spark-family.
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    I'm just now seeing this but I'm glad to read your "recap". I ran for Sherry as well - I actually met a local running blogger and her babysitter and her father for 3 miles on our local trail. It was pouring by the time we finished and all of our bibs had fallen off. But it felt so good to be a part of something so huge.

    We'll never forget Sherry!
    3399 days ago
    Thanks for sharing I hope they find her.
    3407 days ago
    I didn't know about her either - so thanks for sharing! And I hear you on the body knows and tells you when you fall off the spark-grid! Great job getting through the run despite feeling less than stellar!
    3407 days ago
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    I didn't know about this. Today I will walk for her...thanks for letting us know...she is every runner!
    3408 days ago
    What a lovely way to honor the missing Sherry.

    Oh BTW: You inspired me to have Greek yogurt for breakfast this morning!

    3408 days ago
    I wasn't able to run for Sherry today, but I have my bib printed out and ready for tomorrow when I do go. I couldn't help thinking of her and her family all day today; it makes me proud to be a part of the running community, though, to see how many people around the world have joined together to honor her memory and support er family.
    3409 days ago
    Hubby and I walked 5 miles for Sherry. Along the way we discussed what happened to her, reminded each other of some basic safety practices and were grateful that we could be out there enjoying our time together, even in the wind and the rain. Thank you for posting the original blog that made me aware of the run for Sherry and for the update.

    I'm so sorry you didn't feel your best but GOOD FOR YOU for not just getting out there, but also for realizing how wonderful it was that you were able to run. And I figure not feeling all good will be a good motivator to get you back on track.

    Thanks for the tip on the yogurt with quick...I'll have to check out some Quick and see if that will work better than my hot cocoa mix and yogurt.

    Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!
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    3409 days ago
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    I'm glad you got this run in, even though it was difficult physically. I knew from your previous blog about it that it meant a lot to you to do it. Good job on the follow through.

    Mmmmmm...the yogurt sounds wonderful! See, I knew there was a reason I like you! emoticon I love the combination of chocolate and hazelnut together almost as much as I love chocolate and peanut butter together! Thanks for the idea!

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    3409 days ago
    Thank you for honoring Sherry. I ended up at work longer than I wanted and missed the time I planned to run :(

    It's true - what we put in our bodies directly influences how we perform.

    I'm glad you got a run in.

    3409 days ago
    How wonderful that you could do that for Sherry--- and a great lesson learned on top of it (it's weird how fast the body reacts, huh?)

    when you're running a 5k or a 5 mile, what kind of food prep do you normally do the day before or morning of? It doesn't seem so long as to "carb load" for it, but you mention feeling uncomfortable due to what you ate.... got any tips?
    3409 days ago
    I hadn't heard of the virtual run -- I'm glad you got out there and ran for her. Here's hoping they find her soon.
    3409 days ago
    You're doing a great job and are also doing it in Sherry Arnold's honor/memory. Will put Sherry & her family/friends on my prayer list. So hope they find her. emoticon
    3409 days ago
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