Typicially when we run, it’s to benefit ourselves. The exercise is good for our mind and bodies. But running can also help others. Many weekend races involve a charity and this past weekend Dale and I ran the 7 on 7 near Mankato to help the Backpack program in Mankato. This program is designed to discreetly get nutritious food to kids over the weekend by sending it home in their backpacks.

It was a great day for a run and the course was challenging, since we were running on trails at 7 Mile Creek Park. I ran the 5K and had just one hill to climb. Dale ran 7 miles and had to climb about 4 hills.

We both ended up second in our age group, which as I like to say, means we need to either get faster or older. In any case, this was a good tune-up run for Grandma’s Marathon weekend, plus we’re helping kids get a good meal. Both good things to do.