“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” – Robert Burns

The plan was to run the Panther City 13.1 marathon on February 21, 2021.

The “cold” reality, in the form of an artic polar vortex, postponed the race.

My One Medal honoree, a combat veteran with 101st Airborne medical corps, knew all about improvising when the first plan hits a snag.  Her plan was to pursue a juris doctorate and pass the bar to practice law… all while serving as a nurse. Then came cancer. She improvised, focused on surgery, healing and reconstructive surgery.  Her perseverance to finish her own race is inspiring.  Today, she is again preparing to take the bar exam. 

That perseverance provided the motivation to make the “virtual race” a reality.

Still “ice bound” in Houston, helping my mom work through broken pipes and the cleanup that goes with that kind of event, I ran my own version of the Panther City in the Space City.  The thaw started and the weather was more palatable than the freezing weather just a few days earlier.

The plan was to run the Panther City 13.1. The reality was running in my mom’s neighborhood  up and down almost every street until the Garmin watch read 13.1.