Monday is WORLD AIDS DAY.
It's the day we remember those we have lost, honor those who work to develop drugs and cures for those affected by AIDS and raise awareness to the disease that has affected millions of people.
It's bitter sweet for me. Yesterday would have been my second to last training run. I slept in, but got up in time to meet my group as they ran in the last of the eight miles in Griffith Park. Ryan and I went to Paty's afterward for breakfast.
This time next Sunday I will be still recovering from surgery and four days later, everyone will be boarding a plane to Honolulu.
Because of so many of you, I was able to raise over $3,300 for AIDS Project Los Angeles this year. And earlier this year, I raised over $4,000 for The AIDS Lifecycle. Not to mention the $1,000 raised for Bowling for Angels.
That's a lot of money for AIDS/ HIV. So for all that I'm going through and all that I'm going to miss on December 14th, I can at least celebrate World AIDS Day knowing that I DID SOMETHING.
I think I'm done with my long-term, distance events for AIDS/ HIV for now. After running four marathons (and training for one that I won't complete) and a six month training session to ride a bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles, I'm hanging up my AIDS Marathon singlets.
Of course I'm going remain involved with Project Angel Food, but next year if I do any event, it will be doing The Lance Armstrong Livestrong team for the New York City Marathon.