I am long overdue on so many summer posts. I am taking two graduate courses this summer and it has taken so much of my time. I will try to recap some of the summer happenings.
On June 10, 2012, Terri and I ran the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon in Irving, Texas. We drove in the day before and lounged around my sister-in-law’s pool all day.
Sunday morning we woke up early and drove to the race. This was my first race in Texas and I thought Louisiana heat and Texas heat would be the same. WRONG! The good thing was that the people in charge of this race were prepared. Water stops were along the route that included ice cold wet towels at 2 locations, sprinkler systems at various locations, and pretzels.
I had fun at this race in a new kind of way. I actually chatted with several people during the race. I met a man who ran the Rouge-Orleans solo. I met another runner who had previously run the Houston Marathon. We exchanged details about the Houston Marathon vs. the Louisiana Marathon. I patted several Veterans on the back and thanked them as I approached them. After the turn around I High-Fived Veterans who were heading to the turn around. It was a very moving experience. Several members of the military ran the race in full fatigues with backpacks and boots.
At the finish line we were greeted by several Veterans in wheelchairs. I was moved to tears at the sight. I made an effort to thank as many as possible. Other military units were there with trucks and tanks and were kind enough to pose for pictures.
The after party food included pancakes, oranges, muscle milk, popsicles, and several different juices and recovery drinks. Pancakes have never tasted so good! The area for the after party was beautiful. They have wild mustang sculptures running through a water feature.
Race results and the trip home to follow.