Oh I am brave alright…just ask mom #yavin #starwars

When I was 10, Star Wars appeared at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Edmonton. Most Sunday afternoons, my mom would take my brother and I to the movies. We had seen every Disney Flick from AristoCats to Escape to Witch Mountain. Any movie that held zero chance of reality instantly captivated my imagination and I would fantasize about those scenarios.

The Paramount was one of those new-old style theatres. Huge red velvet curtains opened when the movie was about to start, there were 2 entrances, left and right. The box office was a single person sitting in a glass booth outside the theatre. One movie showed at a time. This particular afternoon it was Star Wars A New Hope in bold black letters on the outside marquis.

Mom bought the tickets and then we stood in line for the popcorn and drinks. well, a single drink because we always shared. As I scan my memories for crowds, all I can remember is the theatre being so full, my brother, 8 years old, had to sit on my mom’s lap for the movie. We had to sit too close to the screen and off to the side aisle.

We sat in the dark.

The red velvet drapes opened and this large and strange space ship was flying over our heads. I knew it was real because I could HEAR THE SOUNDS behind me, over head and all around me. This was the first time hearing a movie made such an epic response from the entire audience I was apart of.

It was an unbelievable experience.

All you Star Wars fans know how the story continues, but the ending of the movie was by far the most fun for me.

They got a medal mom, A MEDAL FOR BRAVERY MOM! Did you see it MOM? MOOOOOOOM!!!!! Can we go again? I wan that medal MOM! I am brave, I can jump off the shed and pretend to fly, I can skip school for a week and then march in there like nothing happened with you in tow, I can build a raft and play in the pond even though you said its too dangerous. I am BRAVE ENOUGH for that medal MOM!! MOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!

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As I grew older, I saw the injustice of Chewy not getting the medal because he was a Wookie. Hello? Leia? HE WAS THE CO-PILOT and was a HERO TOO. Blatant discrimination if you ask me. Han asked Leia to give him one in a private ceremony…I call *Cough *cough…

At any rate, the time has finally come for  ME to earn that Yavin Medal for bravery.

I am going to run a 10km on May the Fourth – because that is the best Star Wars holiday EVER. (I will be celebrating it on May the 3rd – my long run day).

This is a virtual race, meaning you can run it anywhere/anytime/anyplace. You get a nifty Yavin bib and the coveted YAVIN MEDAL!  THE YAVIN MEDAL MOM! I FINALLY GET THE YAVIN MEDAL!!! All for $30.

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The proceeds of the virtual are going to the Do Away With SMA Foundation, a charity that supports research and families in search of a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. You can visit the Charity web site here: DAWS

Now here is the best part:

As a reader of my Edmonton Tourist Chronicles, you get a special coupon code if you want to earn this medal as well (I will let you in on a secret – if you wan the medal just buy it, I am sure you did something brave in your life too. You don’t need to be a runner, just a Star Wars fan/geek!)

Sign up here: Yavin Virtual Race and use the coupon code YEG (its the airport code for Edmonton) to get 10% off!

Here is the art work for the medal – its pretty cool!IMG_7598

Step out of your comfort zone because “Travelling through hyperspace ain’t like dustin’ crops, boy!”.

Queue Epic Sound Track

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I just finished watching the new X-Men Trail and the music was inspiring. John Murphy- The Surface of the Sun.It fit for me as the new new soundtrack for my life.

I’ve been a wee bit busy doing awesome.

Or Epic…whatever.

Have a listen:

The Surface of the Sun

Are you listening? So the past…I don’t know, 4 months, I discovered that I missed University. It was such a big part of my life so I filled that part with something else. A few friends and I co-founded a new Foundation, Do away with SMA. We built a web site, started some virtual races, planned a 10k trail race through Edmonton’s River Valley (by the way, if you are in Edmonton August 17, I expect you to do one of the following: Register for the race OR volunteer for the race. I am not giving a 3rd option for family and friends. YOU HAVE TO BE THERE.)

We are pretty busy will all kids of EPIC shit… true story. DAWS has become my third child. And she needs a lot of attention. Luckily my eldest turned 18 and is a legal adult who asked me to sign a permission for for him to go on a field trip….Kid, you can vote and drink and move out. Why am I still giving permission to go to the church for a graduation retreat?

Sometimes you have to be told you are an adult because you never ever quite feel like one.

The daughter informed me she is moving to Vancouver to become a star. Then I saw her perform in her rock band… yep, I believe her.

My kids are growing up and I wanted a new kid… so I helped create DAWS.

Our mission is to help fund research to find a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  To do that, we are doing a bunch for crazy things, like running from San Francisco to Anaheim in 20 days…that is 500 miles. that is a marathon a DAY. A DAY!

However, we are doing other stuff too, like celebrating the Star Wars Fan Day, May the Fourth Be with you…because truth be told, we are a major bunch of geeks. The kind that quote movies in appropriate moments in life  – or not so appropriate… The kind that wear shirts that say “I know” or “who you calling scruffy?” (Obviously I am the Han Solo fan). We are the kind of geeks who have collections – not stamps or coins – but action figures or race medals.

(I once ended a resignation letter with “May the Force be with You”. Ya….the ex-boss didn’t appreciate it like I thought she might. For a young padawan, she had lots to learn.)

We are the kind of geeks that enter a race for the medal – the prestige of the medal – the kind of medal that says “You are such a geekdom fan!”

To celebrate that geeky side, we are hosting a May the Fourth Be with You Virtual run.

Listen to this now:

 

This is the medal:

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For those of you that are non Star Wars fans, or not as big a geek as me, this is the Rebel Alliance crest. Rebel forces worked against the Evil Empire to destroy the Death Star….and piss off Darth Vader aka Anaken Skywalker the father of Luke and Leia (sorry for the spoiler but GEEZE it was from the 70’s you should have heard by now)

When I was a kid, my brother and I played on the stairs of our home, recreating epic battle scenes from Star Wars. We had every star wars action figure known to mankind. Lucas was a marketing genius! I was only allowed to be the sand people or jawas…never cool figures like Chewy or Han. We used a kleenx box for the sand speeder and made ‘pew pew’ sounds all day long. We saw the movie 3 times and this was before vcrs and dvd players.  WE stood in line at the Paramount (a single movie theatre – not a multiplex – the line wrapped around the block. We shared a seat. It was epic.

I still make “pew pew’ sounds and have downloaded all the John Williams sound track for my epic May the Fourth Run.

 

I got side tracked…

I get like that with geeky stuff.

So this virtual run is something you do on your own or with other geeky friends. Or regular friends. It really doesn’t matter.

First you visit here: May the Fourth Be With You 

Register for the race and pay $30 on our secure e-commerece paypal site.

You run/walk/roll 5k, 10k or farther. It’s your choice. we email you an EPIC bib like this one – only yours will be personalize  and have a unique number.

This one is mine:

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Star Wars font is cool, too bad my University Profs didn’t appreciate it like I do.

When you are done, take a photo of you and your pals, just you and your bib or your watch or your running shoes….quite frankly it doesn’t matter, as long as you send us confirmation that you participated and are ready for your medal to be mailed to you!

Once you get your medal in the mail, it would be swell if you took a photo of you WITH your medal like all racers do at the finish line. Wear it proudly! Why?

1)you completed a race

2) the proceeds go to the Do Away With SMA Foundation – did you know Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a motor neuron disease. The motor neurons affect the voluntary muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing. It is a relatively common “rare disorder”: approximately 1 in 6000 babies born are affected, and about 1 in 40 people are genetic carriers.

3) it is the Jedi way.

 

If you do not want to participate, think about sponsoring me. You can find my donation page HERE.

 

 

I am scared, so the dream must be big enough

Checking out my countdown clock I am told I have 2 days to go until the Calgary Jugo Juice 10km race.

I feel sick.

Why you ask? Good question.

I can run 10km, I have done it before and quite recently in fact…last Sunday, the Sunday before, the Sunday before that…

But nerves are attracting the butterflies and the butterflies are scared off because my belly is filled with bats.

Can I do it? Absolutely.

So what is the problem?

Well…

I am afraid I will not push myself. If I go at a relaxed pace that will have me finish the 10k like I do on my LSD days, I will reach a time of 1:55:00 for 10km. For those of you who don’t run, that is super slow-mo speed. Most people will finish the race at about an hour to an hour and a half. If I push myself to my limit, I will finish in 1:40:00. I dream of finishing in 1:30:00. My body isn’t ready for that. I think I could push it but I’d be puking and Jeff Galloway frowns on puking during a race, that means I am over exerting.

There is nothing wrong with pushing yourself to the limits of what you can do. I know for a fact that my body can do more than I anticipate it will, but by how much? There is the question that no one ever gets to know the answer to. We can always do more than we think we can.

My support team is all happy and sunshiney, saying things like “It doesn’t matter if you come in last” – well, I fully expect to come in last…I just don’t want too. They say things like, “The medal is the same for first and last place finishers” I know, that is why I am doing it. My medal will be made of sweat and tenacity. THey say things like “You’ll do fine.” Sure I will, I have trained for this, my muscles know what to do – it’s the brain that scares me.

A whole bunch of ‘What if’s’ are rolling through my head.

  1. What if I can’t find parking?
  2. What if I injure myself and get pulled?
  3. What if I feel crappy race morning and can’t pull myself together?
  4. What if I run out of fuel/water/water and water?

That is the problem with race day. You plan and train for the best, but nothing ever happens as planned. You hope for a personal best but race day is like the Mickey Mouse Club equivalent to ‘Anything Can Happen Day!’  I can mull over all possible scenarios but the reality is I am nervous. My first running race…with my Dad…on his birthday…in a City that isn’t mine…on a course I don’t know…filled with Calgarians who taunt Edmontonians…

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My coach says “If your dreams aren’t scary they aren’t big enough”. I didn’t think 10km was big enough. I am scared. It is big enough. I need this to take me to the next level. To calm my nerves I think I will go for a run in the rain – at race pace. I need to remind myself I am ready.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

In addition to running the 10k in Calgary with my Dad, my other goal is to raise money for the Dream Team Make-A-Wish Project. I chose to run for the Dream Team project for several reasons, the team, the support, the coaching but the most important reason is to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Project. I have family and friends who have benefited from this amazing charity and it is time to give back. Our Team slogan is Because you can’t smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside. 

Please consider donating on my behalf, Robyn Engel Couture here DONATEYou enter any amount from $1 – infinity and beyond

I thank you, my team thanks you and some little kid who’s wish came true thanks you.

For more information about the Dream Team Project, please visit here.