9/11 Stair Climb Memorial Run Red Rocks review

9/11 Stair Climb at Red Rocks  was yesterday and Michelle  and I  headed out there with zero motivation.
At least I’m honest.

We got there early and had no idea where to go. None. We were clearly at the finish but we needed to be at the start and we needed to do a packet pick up. We wandered for a bit and found ourselves lost in a crowd and marveling at the disorganization.
There was no “packet pickup” there was ~get your t shirt and your badge. Instead of a bib you get a badge that gives you a picture and name of a person you’re climbing for who lost their life in 9/11.
I climbed for John F. Ginley                Michelle climbed for Thomas Richard Kelly
Lieutenant, Engine 40                          Firefighter, Ladder 105

Here’s how Michelle and I prepared for this day.
Did either of us even read the website?
In our defense we usually get emails with events so with no email we were left floundering.
Okay, we could have read the website. I totally own that.
They started the ceremony by raising the flag…

September 11th at 8:46 am we have participants gather together at the starting point (8:46 EST the first plane hit the north tower). We give a brief speech about the event and the route. We thank all for their attendance and we observe a moment of silence. At 9:02 am (9:02 EST south tower hit by second plane) we have the Colorado Emerald Society Pipes and Drum Band play Amazing Grace and the climb begins.

This is the largest stair climbing memorial event held. There were over 2000 people there, firefighters from 16 states represented.It was pretty impressive. They continued to mention the “sea of blue” which was a little painful because I didn’t wear my t shirt. But I was there so I’m hanging on to that.

Turns out, if we had read the website we would have learned what parking lot to meet in, what time it started and all the details involved with packet pickup.

I would do it again now that I know what it entails. Michelle…not so much. But it was definitely labor intensive with all the people. At the beginning during the ceremony one of the firefighters had brought a puppy with him and every time people clapped (it was a lot…people clapped a lot) the puppy barked a lot. He worked hard to quiet him but to no avail. Eventually people started to get quieter and quieter around the puppy but he kept barking…it’s tough to quiet 2000 people. This was a little rough. Michelle was definitely strained with the puppy part. But hey…that little girl (Millie) did all nine rounds of the stairs. She was amazing.

Firefighters and families alike climbed the stairs. There were so many people there was no running this, it was very slow. But we did the nine circuits and Michelle and I did two extra circuits because we were lost.
This event costs $35 and then they ask, if you can, to raise any extra fundraising for the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the NFFF.

The event could definitely use some fine tuning but overall I really felt like it did  what it set out to do and it was definitely emotional and the workout wasn’t important, the climb was. The memories were. That’s what mattered. So yes, I’d do it again.
#myworkoutwas 11 circuits of Red Rocks stairs…
My September is crazy busy. I’d like to say it’s just normal but it’s already the 12th. THE 12TH. The month is half gone. I have a TON to do. So tomorrow mandatory errands and hopefully I get the rest of my stuff done this week because I think it might be at the core of my not sleeping.
And let’s face it…,my workout has to come first or I’ll slowly lose my mind.
Today I want a shake out run from the stairs..
Ten or fifteen minutes of yoga
and I’m adding a daily prayer time to my daily workout. Just to see if it helps me remember to take care of this stuff.
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Run on…

#allthestairs of Red Rocks.

Friday I volunteered for a race that was taking place on Saturday. I didn’t run it, I just did some volunteer work.

It was the most unorganized situation  and 90* so it was utter and total chaos in the hot sun. I have only volunteered a few times for racing events, as much as I love volunteering the racing events always seem to be unorganized. I’m not sure if it’s a world of people with order issues or if it’s the world of racing. The organizer in me wants the answer to this question.

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Totally worth watching.

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Saturday I had such a migraine I don’t even remember what I did. I just stayed drugged. I’d started it on Thursday and nursed it through Friday. By Saturday I wasn’t really able to focus on anything and was pretty sick. I crashed early so I could be up at 4:30 to head to Red Rocks for massive quantities of stair climbing with Michelle. I wanted to be there by 6 and I got there at 5:45. Then I drove around for 45 minutes trying to find her. It was a damn good time.
She got there first so she got the winning shot…

Nothing beats sunrise at Red Rocks.

I did finally find her and we started our prep for the 9/11 Memorial Climb.

The 2017 Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on 9-11-2001. Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

We learned it’s 11 times around so we did 8 times around to start and see how we healed. Afterwards we both felt like we could have done more. I was feeling pretty hungover from migraine drugs so I struggled but I wasn’t sore at all yesterday and I’m not sore at all today so I think we’ll be fine.

Meanwhile it was a BLISSFUL 57* this morning when I woke up at 4:30 (not sleeping great) and it stayed 57* for a while. I didn’t run because I was really really REALLY tired and I feel like I need to just chill out for a few hours and maybe even…

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take a nap.
A much much needed nap.
Before I tackle my incredibly full list.
I’m so tired.
But I felt pretty grateful for my fake fall morning… #fakefall all the way. hmm. #alternativefall?
just look at these boots and laugh accordingly. Or shake your head shamefully…

Forever 21 Privileged Shoes Denim Boots 

(how do you like that name?)
In fun political news…
Scaramucci is out after TEN DAYS!! I’m gonna miss that guy. He was like the Jersey Shore took over the White House. It was entertaining as hell. To everyone but his wife I guess. I really feel bad for her.
Tomi Lahren admitted to still being on her parents health insurance at 24 even though she’s totally against Obamacare Being able to stay on your parents health insurance until you are 26 is a GREAT benefit of Obamacare and  two of my kids have totally taken advantage of it and the third will be following right behind. One would think she would be highly vocal about it’s benefits as she is being so critical of it.  Apparently not. Tomi, Darling, this is why people tear you down. Well, this and your incredibly horrible belief system.  We don’t get it. Keep working on it.
I feel pretty damn strong right now and that’s pretty sad because I have a long way to go but that just shows you how far gone I was. hahahhahaa.
Keep moving forward, right people? Keep moving forward.
Running tonight. Strength today. Pushups, lifting. Planks planks planks.
It doesn’t get easier, you get stronger. FitBodyHQ.com for more motivation and inspiration.
Run on…