A Race To Remember

Stacy and I

Stacy and I

This race has a double meaning. One, the purpose of this race event was to raise awareness and funds for homeless Veterans as well as honor our military men and women. Secondly, I completed this course in 27:30:00 – by far my fastest 5K time!

Prior to running this 5K, I was concerned that my left IT band would not allow me to run. After running a half marathon the previous day, my left knee was sore. I didn’t know what to expect when I woke up Sunday morning. Today, Stacy, my guide and friend, was going to guide me in an official race for the first time. On the previous Thursday, Stacy and I did a practice run to familiarize ourselves with the course. Our practice run took us a little over thirty minutes. Stacy was adamant that I was going to PR this race since we just finished our practice with no issues. GULP! She obviously didn’t factor in that I was running 13.1 miles the day before Sunday.

Sunday morning was beautiful! My left leg was still sore. I kept thinking to myself that there was no way I was going to PR this race. At my request, Stacy and I ran around the track to hopefully loosen up my left leg – it worked! Now, I was ready to run.

The race started and we were off! Oh, prior to the race, I found out that there were about ten other elite runners in my age category. What does that mean, it means that I would have to finish faster than twenty-four minutes – not happening (at least not today). Throughout the course, Stacy did a fantastic job guiding me. She pushed me hard and didn’t let me slow down on the incline heading back to the school. I couldn’t believe that I was running under nine minute miles especially after running a half marathon the previous day. But I did! I finished the 5K race with a best time of 27:30:00 – the fastest 5K time thus far. Again, thanks to Stacy for an amazing job and support!

I would also like to thank Cliff Robbins for organizing this race to help honor and acknowledge our true heroes. I received a text message on Monday from Cliff stating that his son had come home safely from Afghanistan. Wahoooo! In addition, my cousin, Neil, and friend, Eryn, and all the other men and women who have or are currently serving our country – THANK YOU!

Sunday, November 9, 2014 in Newtown, Pa (Council Rock HS North) @ 9 AM

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