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Pat’s Run–We did it again!

5 May

When it comes to exercising I would love for the world to accept that eating ice cream is actually working out. Think about all the calories you burn walking into the store, opening the fridge’s door, grabbing the bucket of ice cream, carrying it to the register, putting it in the bag, taking it home and finally spooning it into your mouth. Someone please do some research, then come tell me I’m right!

But until then I have to stick with… exercising, for real. Motivation fails me more than I care to count (sucker), but I do like to trick myself into actually working out at least 4-5 times a week. To do that, I sign up for a certain sporting event every year, for which I must prepare physically.

It’s the Annual Pat’s Run, organized by the Pat Tillman Foundation and in collaboration with ASU. For those of you who don’t know who Pat Tillman was  he was an ASU Alumnus and one of the best football player in the history of the university, whose generous life impacted so many Americans and whose legacy continues to help veterans receive an education. 

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At this year’s Pat’s Run scheduled for April 25th  I was joined by my son Patrick and his girlfriend Alyssa, my niece Bat-El and her boyfriend Michael. We called ourselves the Sundevil4Ever Team. Bat-El and Michael ran pretty much the entire 4.2 miles while Pat, Alyssa and I took our time. We ran very little, but walked really fast, because we do enjoy the crowd and the atmosphere. I try to take it all in, from the Star Spangled Banner stirring our hearts, to the American flag dancing in the wind, to the military groups running and singing, to the occasional tutu and colorful costumes. There’s no way to describe how I feel every year I attend this event but I promised myself that for as long as I can walk I will participate in Pat’s Run. 

Happy to report that’s one promise kept and counting.

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Pat’s Run–Never Stop

28 Apr

Once I year I wake up on a Saturday morning at 5:30am without grunting about it. It’s the day I participate in the annual Pat’s Run organized by the Pat Tillman Foundation here in Tempe, Arizona.

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I’ve been part of this event for the past 5 years and I don’t plan on stopping. For as long as I’ll walk, I promised myself I’ll keep going. You know why? 

It’s because Pat Tillman’s legacy must be carried on. We owe so much to all men and women in uniform who so selfless give their all, sometimes until the last sacrifice. Donating toward the Pat Tillman scholarships and honoring Pat’s life is the least I can do.

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A few years ago my sister Monica and her hubby Rene joined me. The next year my son Patrick joined me. Last year was the first time my cousin Cristina, her husband Tedi and their two children participated. This year my niece Bat-El registered which got our group up to 7 people. We call ourselves Devils4ever, a name that resonates with us not only because we are Devils’ fans, but because we belong heart and soul to the ASU community.

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We always have fun, spending the 4.2 miles either walking, jogging or running. But we don’t stop until the finish line on the Sun Devils Stadium among other 30k participants. 

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I’m not going to tell you anything about the training I do for this event. And I’m not going to talk about how hard it is, because it is not, or at least it doesn’t feel hard to me. What I want to tell you about is the emotions that pool inside my heart threatening to spill into tears. The feeling of belonging to what makes our country this incredible place to be, this nation that stand on its feet no matter what comes our way. No matter who or what hurts us, no matter what it takes, we always get up and move on. 

Pat once said, “Passion is kind of an important word for me, whether it’s playing sports or whether it’s just living or whatever you’re going to do.  In my opinion you should be passionate about it or else, why do it?”

This year’s race motto was NEVER STOP. I have every intention on doing just that.

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Pat’s Run

4 Apr

For the last day of the Charity Around The World Giveaway Hop I gathered a few photos of past Pat’s Runs I’ve done:

I remember the first year I ran I saw a bunch of soldiers running together, wearing matching t-shirts In Memoriam of…, singing their lungs out and pushing to the finish line. I’ll never forget seeing a former soldier, whose legs have been amputated and ran on spring-type prosthesis. Another one was in a wheelchair…

I felt shameful for all the times I complained about a migraine, or a sore throat or being sick… no pain I’ve gone through could’ve remotely been as bad as those suffered by those men. Since then I take and see pain with different eyes…

Last year my sister traveled from Germany with her husband and they both joined me. We had a blast!

This year Pat’s Run is scheduled for April 21st and as I mentioned in a previous post, my son Patrick will be my running buddy. I’m so exciting about this event, not only because my son wanted to share it with me, but because we give back to the community of great veterans and their families, showing our support and appreciation.

Don’t forget to enter the form below for a chance to win an e-copy of my latest release A World Apart or a hard copy of Boots On The Ground By Dusk, a tribute to Pat Tillman, written by his incredible mother, Mary Tillman.

Good luck!