I'm really sorry I had to combine the two, but I really wanted to do both of these posts at once.
Saturday morning, a few miles north of where I live, 19 people were shot. 6 died from their injuries while the others are still struggling. Some are in a stable condition, while others are not. Of those shot was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. I'm sure you've heard the news, and if not, please go read about it. This whole ordeal really upsets me. While I personally wasn't close to Gabrielle, she is an alumni of my high school and every so often she came by and spoke at our debates and through that I met her. She is a big supporter of education so this shooting especially affected me, as I know it did to others. Right now, she is still alive but in critical condition. I am praying and wishing and sending her all these good thoughts. I want to see her make it and come out of this strong.
Then comes the Freeze Your Thorns Off Virtual 5k. Since it happened that same day, Jan. 8th, I was in no mood to run, especially on a treadmill. But I did it, knowing I couldn't stare at the TV any longer because staring wouldn't give me more information. So, I walked down to the exercise room around 9:50PM (ten minutes until it would be closed, whoops), hoped on that dreadmill, picked some loud annoying music and started to run. Running really is a wonderful therapy. I was able to think without the constant outpour of incorrect information (seriously fox news and cnn, Tucson is not spelled Tuscon...and 19 people were shot, not 12 or 25, you can't just pick a number and throw it out there...).
So, while I may not have had the best time with this 5k (sorry Adam, hopefully next year, or this summer!) I did realize for like the 1,000th time that running is amazing and it can cure you of almost anything, in a way....
Avg Pace: 11:20
Mighty slow and it probably didn't help that I had to keep turning around to see the TV to see if there was any new information. Slowed me down a little...
Tomorrow night, Chance and I will walk to University Medical Center, where all the surviving victims are staying, and will light candles and make some big wishes.