This is one charity race that I love, as it truly supports a Hero, who gave up his promising career in football to fight for our Country. Sadly, he didn't make it home.
|Corral 8 Volunteer from Luke Air Force|
I started in the right corral this morning, as I knew no matter how close to the start I was, I would be surrounded by a ton of people. I started in corral 8. The waves seemed to move pretty quickly... the countdown began 5,4,3,2,1 and we were off... I had nothing to prove so I wasn't going to sprint...Hahahha- I don't sprint, but I was off to run...just to find the "runners" ahead of me, walking and chatting as if they were out for a Sunday stroll...WTH??? C'mon, afterall this is Pat's Run, and if you know anything about this race, it is in a way sacred, and your walking is extremely disruptive... I kind of felt like an Elite runner, as I was running past them trying very hard not to twist an ankle as they weren't about to move for the actual runners... it was kind of like an agility course, weaving in and out of folks trying to balance alongside the curbs, and drain ditches...
The finish was grand... we ran into the stadium to the 42 yard line, watching yourself on the Jumbotron was quite an experience... I sprinted the last several yards, and crossed the finish line!! Hooray!!! Although, after slowing down, my heart raced and I felt extremely dizzy... that's what I get for sprinting!
Grabbed some water, ate a banana felt much better! Walked around the Expo, and met up with some co-workers from NASM... took a group photo and made my way to the parking lot.
It was a great way to start my morning...