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Now that my ankle sprain has healed, I’ve managed to get in my second virtual 10k race. The Honoring Our Heroes 10k was a race done at each participants schedule and location, my choice was in beautiful Los Angeles. The virtual race was sponsored by Will Run For Bling and each participant received a personalized bib to wear while they completed their race as well as a medal (aka “bling”) to wear proudly after competing in the virtual race.
My 10k course included a nice downhill to start, but a bloody long uphill in the second half; it would seem that I need to do a better job finding flatter courses to run! While not elated with my finishing time of 53:50, I cannot truly complain as its my third fastest 10k that I’ve run to date and a good sign that my ankle is still feeling good.
While visiting family back in Maryland, I was able to convince one of my sisters to run the Hills of Milltown 5K Challenge with me. The race was my first full day back east and thus was a very early morning wake-up for my body and I could tell immediately upon starting the race that my legs were none too happy to be recruited for a performance on so little sleep and at such an early time for them. No matter, my sister was running the race after giving birth to her second child only four months prior. So, no complaining from me, she’s the one manning up!
The race started off with an immediate uphill run followed by several other hills along the way. The back roads of Milltown were quite beautiful and made for an enjoyable course. The people of Milltown and the staff putting on the race were super kind and helpful with the various twists and turns out on the course. Best of all, the race ended with a massive downhill on what was the initial climb. Nothing like letting momentum carry you to and across the finish line. The official race results had me coming in 16th place overall (7th in age group) at 24:40.37 and my sister crossed in 23rd place overall (4th in age group) at 26:21.02. Pretty darn good placings for our tired and post-maternity legs!
The post-race party and awards were on the Courtyards of Tonge Row at the Little French Market Cafe and River House Pizza Co Courtyards. The Ellicott City Old Town Farmer Market was in full swing and the party featured live music, beer garden (first beer free for runners!), and wood-fired pizza and pulled pork and pit barbecue. Those folks in Ellicott City sure do know how to party after an early morning race.
Thanks again to everyone who has donated to the Race For Vets cause so far, all the veterans and their families that you have helped via Got Your 6 thank you graciously. Now for the pictures from the race… enjoy!
While I was back east visiting family, I participated in a “virtual race” benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. The Run For Our Heroes 10k was a race done at each participants schedule and location from May 24th to 31st. I convinced one of my sisters to do the run with me while visiting extended family in Mt. Gretna, PA. The virtual race was sponsored by Step2Leap and each participant received a personalized bib to wear while they completed their race as well as a medal to wear proudly after competing in the virtual race.
While the 10k course I mapped out in Mt. Gretna included a massive hill to finish and an overabundance of non-shaded roads (note to self: run on the shady side next time!), I was pretty happy with my finishing time of 46:36! That ended up being my second fastest 10k that I’ve run to date and a great precursor to longer races coming up later this year. That time also places me for 3rd overall for the 10k participants, not too shabby!
There’s no better way to kick off the race season with a nice and easy tune-up race; something with a small entry group, in a scenic location, and a short distance. That tune-up race was the Race For Success 5K on Saturday, March 8th at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. They had a 1K kids run after the “big kids” 5K so I dragged my wife and kids along with me; I pushed my son in our jogging stroller through the 5K course while my wife guided our daughter through the 1K.
The proceeds from the Race For Success benefited the local middle and high schools in Westchester, Playa Vista and Playa del Rey. The event has been able to raise funds each year to save programs that would otherwise have been cut due to decline in budgets. Each year local schools face financial hardships and must find many ways to raise more funds just to keep up existing programs and staffing levels. While the race itself did not directly benefit veterans or their families, it was a great tune-up race to get ready for the race calendar to kick into high gear!
While there wasn’t an official category for “stroller pushing dudes”, I was told by an official at the finish line that my son and I were the first to cross the line in the category. So while our time of 25:48 only manage to get us placed 182nd out of 1,127 overall, 137th out of 531 men, and 12th out of 46 age group men we were “1st” in the stroller group!
Overall the most fun thing about the 5k race with my son was him alternatively screaming “go go go”, “faster”, and “weeeee” as I pushed him along the course. That’s better than any pre-programmed computer voice that you might have piped into your head from a fancy smart phone. My son, the race coach!
I’ve worn my Google Glass(es) while training for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon the last few weekends and wanted to share some of the pictures of the area around Zuma Beach that I’ve taken with Glass… enjoy! If you’d like to donate to my fundraising in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, then please graciously do so here: http://nauticamalibutri2013.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=4&i=1059352&u=1059352-322595231&e=7084305771.