Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Run

by Meghann on March 31, 2011

Do you think running one marathon sounds tough?

Try running 75. In a row.

That’s what Terry Hitchcock did when he set out from Minneapolis to Atlanta on a 2000 mile journey to raise awareness for single parents. He ran, walked, and crawled his way the that finish line.

Thankfully he survived the journey and last year they turned his story into a documentary called My Run.

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My Run had a one night showing at select theaters across the nation. I had purchased the tickets a few weeks ago, but last night the friend I had invited along canceled and then, this afternoon, another friend cancelled too. I was all set to go on my own when Derek saved the day by agreeing to go with me (after I bribed him with dinner, of course. ;) )

Honestly, I was on the verge of bailing tonight as well. The weather had been really, really bad all day. The sun never really came out, tornado warnings ran rampart through out the Tampa area, and a small river had formed where my sidewalk had once been. Poor Maddie was shaking her little heart out and refused to leave my side. Thunderstorms really aren’t fun – especially to drive in.

Luckily I had no where else to be today besides at my dining room table, safe and sound with my laptop (which remained unplugged).

Around lunch time I made a great salad using a left over sausage burger and a homemade dressing of BBQ Sauce, Apple Conserves, and Vinegar.

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On the bottom I had mixed greens, then the crumbled burger, broccoli, blue cheese, and a drizzle of the homemade dressing on top.

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I had an urge to pile the salad with every vegetable in my fridge, but I held restraint and was really impressed how well the simple flavors worked together.

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The meals was complete with a mini piece of toast with apple conserves.

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The afternoon crawled by at a snail’s pace ( I blame the rain).

I’m pretty sured I snacked on a homemade trail mix just to entertain my mouth.

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When crunch time came – and Derek agreed to go with me – I popped a bag of popcorn to share with Derek at the theater and hit the road.

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(I wasn’t a Pop & Win winner. Aww Schucks!)

The theater was a straight shot from the house, so traffic and flooding weren’t a problem. The drive was relatively quick and easy. Take that rain!

The documentary was a little different than I thought it would be. I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about Terri Hitchcock or his story, so the first thing that really struck me was the fact he did this big run all the way back in 1996 (not sure why I assumed it was a recent thing?) .

It was a pretty inspiring story. The movie begins with the narrative of how Terri and his wife met, fell in love, and started their family once upon a time ago. Then it takes a turn to sadness when his wife loses her battle with cancer and he is left to raise their family on his own. A little of this and a little of that and BAM he decides to run to Atlanta just before the opening ceremonies of the Olympics to raise awareness for single parents.

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The movie does a great job telling the story of his journey. It moves quickly, so I feel like they only scratched the surface on what was going through his head, but you definitely feel for the heartache and set backs. A 2000 mile journey isn’t a run around the block, it takes dedication and persistance.

I liked the fact that he was an ‘everyman’ and that he took the journey at his own pace with a stop every mile. I also loved his eldest son for sticking with him for the whole journey. it wasn’t just Teri’s story – it was Chris’ too!

It probably wasn’t the point of the movie, but I had a sudden desire to run some great big distance. I mean if Terri could run 26+ miles a day for 75 days, then surely I could compete in a Ragner relay or run across state, right?

After the movie Derek and I headed to Mellow Mushroom for a late (to me) dinner.

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Derek ordered an amazing Buffalo Chicken Calzone, which I stole more than a bite of.

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(I also stole a few sips of his beer)

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And I ordered the Magical Mystery PIzza.

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The pesto sauce made it extra greasy, but I still enjoyed my two greasy slices.

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Next time I would add tempeh to the pizza though just to give it a little bulk.

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I was craving chocolate after dinner and knew this bar I found in the fridge would do the trick.

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I think Derek won the bar as a prize for asking questions in a meeting or something? I’m sure he won’t mind that a row of chocolate is missing not. At least, I hope not. :)

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BIG NEWS!

Tomorrow my brother and sister are coming!

Saturday my parents are coming!

Anderson Party in da house!

Good Night!

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