A while ago I was browsing through the 14 in 2014 posts and saw a lot of people doing virtual runs, which made me kinda want to do another one. I was looking for one that supported a good cause and didn’t care so much about the medal – until I discovered the Piedmont Mended Little Hearts program. It is a program of Mended Hearts, Inc., a support group for families of children with congenital heart defects. They are hosting a “Tinman Club” 5K to support the Winston-Salem, NC area chapter. CHDs occur in 1 out of every 110 births and 25% of those babies will require surgery to survive.
I can’t say no to helping babies, not to mention their worried families.
So I donated my $25 and did my 5K on the treadmill. I’m supposed to be staying off my ankle, and I really have no good excuse as to why I did the run so soon after being told to stay off it other than that when I’m told not to do something I REALLY want to do it. Like I said, I’m a dumbass.
I was also hit with a bout of anxiety Tuesday night and just weight-lifting wasn’t going to cut it. I went to the gym with the express intention of just working my arms and abs, but couldn’t resist the cardio room.
I had worn my Hopkins mesh jersey to the gym (I’m a grad student there). Even though I’m not there for the med school, it seemed appropriate to be supporting families dealing with CHD in Hopkins gear. I’m pretty proud to be a student at an institution that has healed so many.
Like any decent Wizard of Oz superfan, I couldn’t resist the little Tinman medal. I didn’t open my little package til after I did my run. I took it at a very easy pace, and actually during my time on the treadmill my ankle didn’t hurt at all, kind of like during Rock ‘n’ Roll USA. I took a picture of my workout results to post to the Event page for proof of time, and went home to unwrap my little Tinman medal.
He’s a darling little guy, no bigger than a half-dollar, and it’s a sweet little medal. I definitely encourage anyone looking for some motivation to get 3 miles in some time during their training season to dedicate it to Mended Little Hearts: Tinman Club of Winston-Salem with a donation that will help them support local families and spread CHD awareness.
Take care of your blessedly healthy heart and keep it healthy with some cardio! Even if you’re not a runner, virtual “races” are great because they offer no time limit and you can walk the whole thing.
Happy running and love to the Little Hearts. ❤