The Cold Reality of the Rescue Run

I intended to go for  a long run last Saturday. I packed up my running clothes and we headed to my father-in-law's house where I often set off on a five-mile trek around the hilly unpaved roads. We hopped out and the dalmatian, Bam Bam, decided he needed to walk around and sniff everything, as he usually does. Ten minutes later, we went inside - and that's where we stayed. It was cold and cloudy with a biting wind, and I wimped out! The weekend wasn't totally lost, however. Sunday was sunny with a much lighter breeze, so I did it then. I had a similar feeling Wednesday - too much of a chill in the morning air so I hopped on the treadmill instead. As I did, I got to thinking about the reason I'm making sure I fit in my runs - I'm gearing up for the 4-mile Topeka Rescue Run Saturday, November 29th. It made me feel a bit silly. Here I am worrying about maybe 45 minutes outdoors, with plenty of layers of appropriate clothing at my disposal to prepare for an event which will benefit people who often spend entire days and nights outdoors in all kinds of whether, many times without adequate attire to keep them warm or ward off the rain. The Rescue Run raises money for the Topeka Rescue Mission, giving people who are homeless shelter, food, clothing, job training and, above all, hope. I have no reason to complain about a few moments of discomfort when I have so much - namely, a warm home to return to. I hope you'll consider joining me for the Rescue Run, right before the annual Miracle on Kansas Avenue parade through downtown Topeka. You can run four miles or walk two miles. Our steps along the Rescue Run route can help someone else take the first steps toward a better life. For entry information, go to


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