As there are (quite sanely, I might add, with our hot hot temperatures) no formal races in our part of Texas this time of year, the coaches made our own race, complete with bib numbers, a starting line, the aforementioned aid stations, and a meal afterward (breakfast tacos and fresh fruit - yum!). It was funny to have people drive by our aid station and ask us what race was running - "oh, the USAFit 10K" we'd answer, like they should have heard of it. LOL
Pre-race - Jeff going over his strategy with Coach A.J. and his wife Brandi. Or else he was telling them what he had for dinner the night before. Odds are pretty even on this one.
This is J.P., and yes, he IS wearing combat boots. He will run 1,000 miles in these boots over the next year, raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. I am in awe that he is taking this on - what a great thing to do! He started this on June 1st, so the boots were not broken in...and each one weighs 2.5 pounds. For comparison, his running shoes weigh 10 ounces each. He looked like he was hurting a bit toward the end of the race, but he finished with a smile on his face - way to go, J.P.! He started a blog about his journey if you're interested - find it here.
And here they come! This was at the half mile mark - everyone is looking good! Jeff is behind the woman in pink.
My car served as the beverage center for the aid station - Karen brought her Hulk Hanks and was "knuckling" everyone as they ran by - too funny!
We found ways to entertain ourselves while waiting...
Fun times! Karen's hat was from a Warrior Dash that she did - similar to Beach Palooza that I'll be doing with Jeff, Kelly and Chuck in September.
Coach Dale dropped by and couldn't resist the lure of the Hands!
I'm telling ya, put these things on and you can't help but make crazy poses!
Jeff coming toward mile 5.5 - it was hot and he was ready to be done!
My Half Homie Julia dropped by! She posed with the Hands, too, but that picture must be on Karen's camera.
So the race ended but I don't have any pictures of the finish because I was still at the aid station. Jeff finished second and
is impossible to live with I am very proud of him. He's come a long way in 10 weeks!
Congratulations, Mr. Runner!
After everyone had breakfast, Coach Joni gave out awards, with prizes - woohoo!
So, Jeff starts his half marathon training on June 25th. I will not be joining the group this go-round. And as sad as I am about that, I have to say that looking at the weather forecast makes me a tiny bit glad that I don't have to think about running in this heat. Swimming is looking pretty nice right about now!