While there, I noted there was a run scheduled for Father's Day weekend. Since I’ve recently signed up for next year’s half marathon, I thought I could do a simple 5k run for training. This one piqued my interested because it was “Save the Males”. The organizers set up a run (1k walk, 3 k & 5 k run) tied to Father’s Day to increase awareness and generate donations for Prostate Cancer. Since I am a member of that club, it intrigued me to sign up. Actually it was a pretty nice run. Downtown Houston by the Symphony Hall running past the Aquarium on one of the older boulevards that meanders out from the city. A simple down & back 5k (3.1 miles) on flat streets with a few overpasses. No big challenge. Except if you don’t account for the 85 degree and 70% humidity starting conditions. A wee bit warm, but I’ve been working to condition myself by running during lunch. I wasn’t impressed with my time, but that wasn’t my intention on this course. One thing that made it interesting was that I was in a “elite” group of runners. As you signed up for the run, they asked if you were running as a group or running for someone or if you were a cancer survivor. I fit the last profile that bumped me into the small group of survivors. First time I’ve been in my own special group that wasn’t age based. A small number (31) of runners in that category. Would love to say I really kicked running butt for the survivors but when a 67 year old man puts in a 7:54 pace, I’m not all that and a bag of chips.
|One more mile down the road|