The Forty-Mile Man

For the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing rumblings of a man, Joel Wonicker-Cook (who represents our I.T. support group) who planned to run FORTY MILES over the holiday weekend. Talk about LABOR Day! His intentions were two-fold – to celebrate his big 4-0 and help raise money for KIDS WISH NETWORK. I didn’t witness this amazing feat, but heard from colleagues the very next day that he completed every single mile… mission accomplished!

I too, love to run – I log about 35 miles a week on the treadmill, in the privacy of my own home (where no one will laugh at me if I stumble or pant like a 90-year-old smoker with asthma!). My friends have invited me to partake in any of the numerous races held every month in the Tampa Bay area. I registered for my first one, scheduled for the Sunday before Thanksgiving; the route loops through downtown St. Petersburg. Fingers crossed that the temperature will dip down into the 70’s (60’s would be welcome) by then!

My friend Maria e-mailed me this morning: “You’re ready NOW! No more procrastinating! There’s a fun 5K race THIS Saturday morning through Lowry Park Zoo. You are doing this with us!” I was ready to reply with a quick, “Thanks, but no Thanks – See ya in November!” but then paused and thought of Joel and what he accomplished two days ago. If he could run 40 miles, I can surely handle 5! And I figure, what’s the worst that can happen? I don’t finish the race and focus on the next one – life goes on!

As cliché as it sounds, you really never know who or what will inspire you at any given moment. Joel and I have never met, but I’ll be emailing him tomorrow with a Happy Birthday and a special ‘Thanks’ for motivating me!

HOTM Facility Coordinator

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