A friend of mine gave me the skinny on the ï¿½Miles for Menï¿½ Prostate Cancer Awareness Race. She knew I had an interest in supporting the cause so D & I joined her and another friend. I really wanted to do another 10K AND subject myself to the "bridge" that sent me to PT in January!
Flashback to the beast!
So as soon as we got to the race site, I knew this would be a good event! D & I had worked with the Race Director at Courage to Tri and she is one of the best in the area!
We stopped by Check-in..
...then did the Finish stare down!
As we got there early, we had room to breathe and scope out the Mini Health Expo.
They also had lots for the kids to do including fun runs!
I like when events are family oriented! Some of the kids will be runners for the rest of their lives!
We heard some really good blues being played, went over to the bandstand and saw...
these two kids, The Ries Bros., tearing it up big time. Stevie Ray Vaughn would've been proud!
As it became closer to start time, the field grew...
As it was a NCAA Football Saturday, my good friends at Sea Dog (I'm in their run group) represented smartly!
Big Daddy Mike Decosta, Sea Dog Promo King!
Yes, two HDTVs! (one for NASCAR, one for NCAA)
This was the post race food area that was giving up Papa John's 'za PRE-RACE? Really?
Just before the National Anthem, Ricky Reynolds, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer & Cancer Survivor welcomed everyone!
We had to get a "team shot" while we were still fresh & purty!
Finally, it was time to take care of business. We all hit the starting line, the air horn went off, and I started my run plan, slow & steady. I found a couple who was at my pace and followed them to the bridge! I hit the first water station & took a small cup of G2. (I only hit water stations on 10ks & up.)
When I got to the bridge, I kept a good straight posture and paced steady but comfy. Coming down the bridge, I became one with gravity and made like I was walking on rice paper! At the bottom of the bridge I hit 2 miles & another water stop with a few sips of G2 again. Stepped the pace up slightly for a mile, u-turned, and headed back. Took another shot of G2, settled in for the last 2 miles. and hit the bridge one last time...carefully! Coming home, I just took a cup of water, dumped it on my head, and gave it everything on the last quarter mile! I loved my finish, the plan, and the whole 10K!
D & the ladies were still on the course so what could I do?
Yes, it was a free pour after the race! Nothing tastes better after a run than a Sea Dog Blue Paw Wild Blueberry Ale! Mike poured me a tall one and then...
A slice of Papa John's and...
Black Beans n Rice!
I ran back to the finish to catch D coming in with Cyndi, and saw nothing but a blur!
We all enjoyed the well organized run and will come back next year! It was Saturday night so off to celebrate life! We went to O'Keefe's Family Tavern & Grill, est. 1961, ate healthy (Really!), and watched Michigan beat Notre Dame! Most excellent.
If there's anything to get out of this, I would say, "Make a plan! Own the plan! Do the plan!" And have a fun time doing it!
Hope everyone's still awake! As always, thanks for reading this report!