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On Monday, January 13, 2014, Meg Cross Menzies, a 34 year-old avid runner from the Richmond, Virginia area, was out for her morning run when she was tragically killed by a drunk driver.

A daughter, sister, wife, and mother to 3 young children, taken from this world too soon.

I did not personally know Meg, but as us runners, we support one another in good times and bad. So today’s 10 mile run is dedicated to Meg and her family and friends. It breaks my heart to think about what her family and friends are going through right now. So sad!

People all around the world are running for Meg today. According to the article, 71,000 runners have pledge to run in her honor today! Amazing! Runners rock! Here is an article that tells more about this tragic story.

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I ran some of today’s run with a couple of other runners, but I had to back off a little bit. I am just not ready to run that fast…yet! I am still working my way back from being sick and then falling. A gorgeous day for a run though! Which of course meant that I was dressed too warm. That made the way back tougher yet! It was 41 degrees at the start of today’s run and 52 degrees when I started my cool down walk! You wouldn’t know it was January!

I felt pretty good through the first 6 miles, but knew I needed to drop the pace back some more with the climb at the end. I wanted to get in 11 miles, but I had all I could do to make it to 10 with a run/walk up the hill.

Here are my splits for today’s run:

1— 8:25
2— 8:07
3— 8:06
4— 8:29
5— 8:43
6— 8:58
7— 9:00
8— 9:14
9— 9:47
10- 14:49

This was a tough run.

Elevation gain: 824 ft
Elevation loss: 832 ft
Min Elevation: 3190 ft
Max Elevation: 3898 ft

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The first mile had a couple of little hills. The second and part of the third mile was all downhill, which was nice. Miles 4 through most of 9 were around the lake, so it was flatter with some inclines and one bigger hill. The last .25 of mile 9 started the climb back up. Mile 10 was all up hill, hence the 14 minutes! I could only manage a run/walk up it again, but I did do better with this route this time than I did the last time. Of course, not dealing with snow and ice definitely helped.

Overall, a good tough run to honor a fellow runner who lost her life way too soon! Rest in peace, Meg!

Thanks for reading!

~Brooke & Rob