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10 miles plus some more

For a weekend, this morning was an early run, leaving the house at 7am to hit the course for a 10 mile run in 1:20:53 or an 8:05 average mile. It was a hot run this morning with very little relief from the breeze so I had to rely on the water in my bottle. The Chicago “Girls on the Run” 5k took place this morning as I was finishing my run. For those who haven't heard of it, the national organization of Girls on the Run raises money for health and wellness programs for young girls. The site claims 900 young girls will run their first 5k today. It's great to see people getting involved in things like this which is why the title of this is 10 miles plus some more.
After I raced home and showered I dropped Melissa at the gym and headed to Douglas Park on the west side of Chicago where the non-profit Chicago Scores, part of the national organization America Scores, was hosting an end of season soccer tournament. The program teaches underpriveleged kids commitment, leadership and the importance of school by offering free soccer coaching to those who can make it to school each day and make it to practice. Each Friday the children are shipped on buses to a soccer field donated by Nike to play a match. Today's jamboree was the finale of the season where, unbeknownst to me beforehand, I ended up refereeing 7 matches! I heard about the event this week from a guy at Hewitt I play soccer with whenever I'm not training for marathons.
The message mentioned nothing about what we volunteers would be doing but it was lots of fun. I passed my referees exam for the FA in England when I was 15 but never refereed a match so understandably I was a little hesitant. I had nothing to worry about as the 8-11 year old girls in the games I ref'd were very respectful and were just delighted to be playing. Come October when the season begins again and I am out of marathon training and the wedding has been and gone, I have left my details with Heather and Molly who co-ordinate the Chicago program to get involved. Needless to say, the 7 games probably ran the meter round to another 2 or 3 miles I'm sure so I'm seriously exhausted now as I sit and sip a beer while watching the Cubs try to make it two against St. Louis. Go cubbies!