Mountain Mama: Charleston Marathon Recap

first_img“This sucks,” says a female with disgust. I glance around, trying to identify the body associated with the voice. I spot her over my left shoulder – a tall, lean runner, her blonde hair pulled back in a high ponytail.I study her, wondering what could possibly be wrong. The sun shines in a cloudless sky after a malaise of rainless grey-skied days, visibly buoying the spirits of the thousands of runners at the start of the Charleston Marathon (and the half, which is what I’m running).Her elbow digs into my rib as she darts ahead. I stare as she pushes and weaves her way through the pack of runners. She doesn’t apologize or glance backwards. She either doesn’t realize she’d bumped me. Or she doesn’t care.She’s too weighted down by expectations, glued to the device around her wrist telling her pace and heart rate, reminding her that she’s alive. She’s so determined to reach her goals that she’s missing out on what’s right in front of her – the race itself.I know because I’ve been that runner. I’ve pushed my way toward a PR so aggressively that I don’t recall many details of various races.Not today. I have no race plan, trusting myself that it will all work out. For once I run without music, wanting to hear the runners around me and participate. Without music there’s no barrier between my ears and complainers, like the woman who elbowed her way past me.It also means hearing all the kind words exchanged between runners, and all the encouragement from bystanders. The crowd tells us how great we look, making me pin my shoulders back and run a little taller. Turns out I’m quite a vain runner.Without music to distract me or a time goal taking all my focus, I spend a lot of time soaking up the views. We run by vistas of the bay, sunlight dancing on the water as paddle boarders glide by and leave a wake of glittering water-diamonds. Then we pass columned houses in salmon and mint green, flanked by rows of palm trees.The course veers around a corner and we’re running through a crowd of supporters, some holding signs. A cute twenty-something brunette holds a sign, “Why do the cute ones always run away?”Her friend holds one with fluorescent lettering, “Worst parade ever.”A nerdy looking male holds up a whiteboard that says, “Only inches to go.” Below he’s calculated exactly how many inches remain for the marathoners, who still have 18 miles ahead of them.The course turns down another road, spilling us out into an industrial wasteland, dilapidated warehouses and mounds of dirt. I run by mile marker eight and for the first time my legs feel heavy. My thoughts turn to anticipating the miles ahead and I’m nattering doubt to myself. Then I remind myself about joy. My body unclenches a little.The half marathon is made up of moments, and I am trying to pay attention to each one that comes my way. While forcing fun is an oxymoron, bounding ourselves with unpleasant thoughts guarantees we won’t experience joy. Engaging in the present allows us to be open and spontaneous and seize all the happy moments that come our way.Half8A man flies by me. A spectator calls out, “Top ten marathoner.” The half and full courses overlap for the next mile of the course. I gape at the speed at which his legs turn over, the pure grace of his body propelling him forward. I can’t see his face, he sped by so quickly, but he is beautiful and my heart flutters from witnessing his raw energy. Then another marathoner speeds past me. My own running feels light and effortless.The marathon course takes a turn and the half marathon continues the last couple miles toward the finish past a waterfront park. I drink up the scenery, the gradations of blue and green a relief on my eyes after the bleak miles behind me. I run with my eyes glued to the horizon. Some say staring at the horizon releases endorphins. Others swear that salt in the air cures ailments. Whatever it is, I’m feeling great.The crowds get thicker. Someone yells, “nice pace,” which gets me to wondering if there can be a “mean” pace. Thinking about the woman elbowing past me in oblivion, I decide there can be, it’s the pace that pushes us so hard that we stop noticing and caring about the world around us. I high-five everyone with a hand extended and thank them for coming out to support us, trying to exemplify what running a nice pace is all about.A friend sent me a text before the half, reminding me to smile at the finish, but he didn’t need to. A drummer beats loudly and the crowd cheers. It’s impossible to do anything else but smile. I stretch my arms out in victory.last_img read more

Every Dog’s Dream Rescue holds kitten adoption event

first_imgENDICOTT (WBNG) — Every Dog’s Dream Rescue held a kitten adoption event at the Dickin Memorial Animal Hospital.   There were seven kittens available for adoption at the event but the rescue says they have about 80 easily available animals in the rescue.    Every Dog’s Dream volunteer Jessica Flynn says the rescue was limited in the type of events they could hold due to the COVID-19 guidelines.   “There’s still a need in the community,” Flynn said. “Still need to get the word out and find homes for animals. So it was very important to us to have an event, even with the limitations in place.” center_img  The Artisan Holiday Pop Up shop will be open until December 30. In collaboration with the Artisan Holdiay Pop Up shop, the adoption event was held near the retail space in front of the hospital.  last_img read more

Maradona appointed head coach of UAE’s Al-Fujairah

first_img(REUTERS)-Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona has ended a five-year absence from football to return as coach of Al-Fujairah FC, the United Arab Emirates club announced on Sunday.“I want to tell you that I am the new coach of Al-Fujairah SC, in the second division of the United Arab Emirates,” Maradona added on his Facebook page.The club posted a picture of the former Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona striker holding their red and white shirt with his name and No. 10 on the back.It marks a return to management after a five-year gap for the 56-year-old Argentina great, who as a player led his country to a 1986 World Cup title and runners-up spot four years later.player led his country to a 1986 World Cup title and runners-up spot four years later.Maradona, who took charge of Argentina in 2008 and led them to the World Cup two years later, last managed at another UAE club, Al Wasl in May 2011 but was sacked just over a year later.He was named a FIFA ambassador in February by the world governing body’s president Gianni Infantino.The news of his return to management came on the day that Jorge Cyterszpiler, Maradona’s first agent and friend for many years, died in Buenos Aires after a fall, Argentine news media reported.last_img read more

Barcelona interested in Pjanić

first_imgInteresting transfer news are out claiming that AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic is being linked with Barcelona.Teleradiostereo reported that the Spanish giants are preparing an approach to Roma for the 23 year old Bosnia international.Barca are set to return to the transfer market for a new midfielder with local products Cristian Tello, Thiago Alcantara and Jonathan dos Santos all ready to move on this summer.Pjanić was born in 1990 in Tuzla, from 2007 to 2008 he played for Metz, then moved to Lyon and from 2011 he’s been playing for Roma. He started playing for BIH national team in 2008.(D.J.)last_img read more


first_imgLATEST STORIES Amato is the prefect of the congregation that oversees the complex process that leads to canonization.Fr. Mhar Vincent Balili, vice postulator of Camomot’s cause, hopes to begin the next step of the process, which is to prove that the late archbishop possessed heroic virtues that will give the bishop the title “venerable.”FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOBREAK: Suspension of Lotto operations lifted – PaneloNEWSINFODuterte to Cayetanos: ‘Kailan kaya matapos ang dynasty niyo?’NEWSINFOIndian family caught taking items from Bali hotel, sparking criticism online“We’re very happy that the congregation approved what we are doing. We were not asked to change anything nor add something to it. Everything is good,” Balili told the Inquirer.According ot him, the diocesan process includes gathering of documents and writings of Camomot as well as the testimonies of witnesses who had personal encounters with the archbishop. “The first stage involves the creation of a tribunal, the theological committee, and the historical committee. The tribunal gathered the testimonies of witnesses. The historical committee gathered all the writings which was analyzed by the theological committee,” he explained.MORE STORIESnewsinfoFilipino nun, an Arroyo scion, nearing canonizationnewsinfoPope makes El Salvador’s Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI saintsnewsinfoPope’s canonization of Paul VI, Romero personal, politicalMORE STORIESnewsinfoFilipino nun, an Arroyo scion, nearing canonizationnewsinfoPope makes El Salvador’s Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI saintsnewsinfoPope’s canonization of Paul VI, Romero personal, politicalBalili said they ended the diocesan process last March and submitted everything to Rome in April.“We got the results this month. That means, it took seven months for the congregation to approve it. Seven months is very, very fast already,” he said.Balili is on top of the cause of sainthood for Camomot. He collaborates with the Rome-based postulator Fr. Samson Silloriquez.The next part, he said, would be the preparation of the Positio, which would summarize the life and virtues of Camomot.ADVERTISEMENT Philippines ‘fires off’ diplomatic protest over Chinese vessels circling Pag-asa Island Camomot, fondly known as Monsignor Lolong, was known for his exceptional love for the poor.In some instances, the Carcar City native pawned his episcopal ring and pectoral cross (the large crucifix worn by bishops) and gave the proceeds to the poor. The archbishop would also give away whatever he had to the needy.Camomot died in a vehicular accident in San Fernando town on Sept. 27, 1988. He was 74.The Archdiocese of Cebu ruled that the heroic virtues demonstrated by Archbishop Camomot are worthy of sainthood.If his cause for sainthood will be approved by the Pope, Camomot will become the Philippines’ third saint next to San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and San Pedro Calungsod – both lay persons. /atmRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DOTr eyes simplifying LTFRB TNVS accreditation process — official PLAY LIST 02:22DOTr eyes simplifying LTFRB TNVS accreditation process — official01:27MMDA: With traffic emergency powers, gov’t can speed up processes00:434 neophyte senators attend Senate orientation03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Dagupan church workers, parishioners back Villegas amid sedition raps The Positio includes the biography of Camomot, the testimonies of witnesses, and explanation why the late archbishop should be declared a saint of the Catholic Church.When the Positio is finished, it will be submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. It will be studied by theologians and then passed to the cardinal members of the congregation who in turn will vote.Their votes will determines whether the cause will continue or end. If the vote is affirmative, the recommendation of a Decree of Heroic Virtues is sent to the Pope.Once the candidate’s heroic virtues have been recognized by the Pope, Camomot will be called “venerable.”“From there, we wait for one miracle so that he will become a blessed. And once he become a blessed, we will wait for another miracle to become a saint,” Balili said.Balili called on the people to keep praying for the cause of sainthood of Camomot.“We also ask the people to disseminate information about the sanctity of Archbishop Camomot so that more people will pray and receive favors through his intercession,” he said.It was the Daughters of St. Teresa, a religious congregation which Camomot founded, which earlier petitioned for the opening of a cause for beatification and canonization of the Cebuano archbishop.On Oct. 15, 2010, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, then the archbishop of Cebu, announced that the Holy See had approved the opening of the cause for Camomot’s beatification and canonization. A diocesan inquiry was then made.Since the cause for sainthood was started for Camomot, the late archbishop has been called a “Servant of God.” Archbishop Teofilo Camomot (Photo from his Facebook page)CEBU CITY — The Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the diocesan process for the cause of sainthood of the late Cebuano Archbishop Teofilo Camomot who was known for his extreme generosity and love for the poor.In a letter addressed to the Cebu Archdiocese dated Nov. 9, Angelo Cardinal Amato said the inquiries and affidavits of witnesses gathered by the archdiocese on the life, virtues, and holiness of Camomot were valid and legitimate.ADVERTISEMENT Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike WBC suspends Whyte’s status as interim world heavyweight champion Indian coffee magnate’s body found by river MOST READ London rated best city for students Right-of-way scam suspect points to witness Catapang as ‘real’ mastermind View comments Bar test panel chairs for 2019, 2020 vow ‘very reasonable examination’last_img read more