Almost twelve years ago I was biking to work on Market Street when a truck carrying cement ran me over. It crossed my chest, broke my ribs, which punctured my lungs. But my bad luck arrives wrapped in good luck. The frame of my bike protected me in a weird way. The truck didn’t cross my pelvis. I was wearing a helmet and didn’t crack my head. A kind man with a goatee held my hand in the middle of the intersection while I waited for the ambulance to arrive. I should have died but I didn’t.
For a year I plan to run four times a week, and race two times per month (I recommend trying Let’s Do This for races) . While I run, I use a run mapping app. The running app will record my route. After my run, I stitch over the traced line of my map. Each stitched run will be color coded so as to identify the route clearly and it is stitched using running stitch, thus the series title Running Stitches. This series is a meditation on my step, my breath, and my stitch.
During all of this I approach sponsors and donors looking for support. I already have 7 sponsors: Oiselle, SPI Belt, Bare Republic Sunscreen, Carson Footwear, Nuun Hydration, , Sasquatch Racing and Run Club SF And several generous individual sponsors.
This series is an extremely revealing and intimate journal of my life over a year long period of time. It documents where I have been, what areas I frequent, where I live, where my kids go to school, where my studio space is, what races I’ve entered, how I’ve placed, and each workout I complete. As my sponsorship list grows it may even document what I’ve had to drink and eat, what gear I use, what shoe brands I prefer, how I’m valued as an athlete and artist, and who my supporters are.
Please join me for a run.