Should I race tomorrow?
Friday, July 18, 2014
I’m probably gonna run a 10k tomorrow for Wounded Warriors… I’m nervous about it. I heard about it on the 4th, the guy doing it started running races on the anniversary of his battle buddy’s death (died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2009) as a way to remember and honor him. This is the inaugural event, he started his own race this year. The concept is once everyone registers, they put you on a random team combining ages and sexes. There is a staggered start based on sex and age, then there are prizes for the fastest overall team and individual times.
I want to race and to run for a reason other than personal gain.
Watching the wounded veteran doing the wheelchair race at last years USAF Marathon had a HUGE impact on me.
I was struggling at mile 9, going up another hill… my piriformis and back were SCREAMING. I decided to walk. Then out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of a wheel… Watching him struggle up the hill at mile 22 for him, mile 9 for me gave me such inspiration, such hope. I called out to him, cheered him on. Others in the crowd followed my lead. Soon everyone was cheering and clapping. Tears began streaming down my face as my feet once again began to run. If he could push through the pain of losing his legs and doing a marathon, I could push through the aches of my 1/2.
I want to run for those who no longer can. That’s why I teamed up with Team Fisher House for this year’s USAF ½, that’s why I ran the Freedom 4th with proceeds going to Veterans.
I’m so thankful to God that my Air force retired, disabled veteran hubby is as strong and healthy as he is, that so far, wheelchairs are not our reality. But he can’t run with me so I want to make some running friends.
I have a couple of friends that flitter around with running, 45 min 5ks or such, but no one who does the distance or pace that I’m at. I’ve done a couple of races with my sister, but she isn’t up to 6 miles yet and my bro is a 3hr marathoner ~ way outta my league. I want to make friends so that I have people to run with so that my sweet, non-running hubby doesn’t have to go with me and stand around for 2 hrs all the time waiting for me. And I’ve gone by myself, but that’s no fun either.
But…. in this race, on a team with strangers ---- What if I’m the one who holds these random strangers back?? To race or not to race, that is today’s question
And... in case you want to donate to The FisherHouse, here is my USAF page: