When I started this blog, I was running regularly. Like multiple times a week regularly.
These days runs are very few and even further between. It’s totally my fault. I am not making the time to do it. I am paying the price for this. I’m heavier than I have been in years, my fitness level is at an all time low and sloths have more motivation than I do (and are probably faster too!).
So I am thrilled to write that I actually got out and ran again over the holiday weekend. We participated in the Laguna Hills Memorial Day half marathon and races. I told my family about this race early in the year and then kinds wrote it off when I found out it was the same weekend as the little guys Cub scout camping weekend. Then new mom told me her mom registered for it and was doing it alone. We were not going to let that be the case, for goodness sake I am the one who recommended it!
So after a sleep deprived couple days of camping (I will write about that soon!) We got picked up for the event by new mom’s parents. Yes, it’s another Renegade race event, and done as well as every other event they put on. I could go on and on about the top notch events they continue to produce (and I have many times in previous posts).
So back to the race. I was quite nervous about this one, I registered late, and I had done ZERO training for it. But a little stretching and we were in the starting chute. It was one of the better attended races we will run, so it was a little crowded (I have been in much more crowded events, but those are big national events, that to be honest, weren’t as well run as the renegade events). When the gun went off, new mom, my mom-in-law, the little guy and I were off!
Great turnout. Waiting in starting chute.
The first two thirds of the course are in a residential area and many of the residents were on the sidewalk cheering for the runners. It was very nice and motivation to keep plodding along. The last third is an up-and-down leading to the finish line at a community park. Along that final stretch there are signs honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It was a lovely tribute to the fallen soldiers. I won’t lie, I choked up seeing that the oldest was only 24 years old.
The finish line and expo were well organized and fun. Activities for the little guy were readily available without long lines. The dark horse battalion was present with an armoured Humvee. They were very polite and respectful. New mom’s father is a Marine who was wounded in combat, he was thanked for his service to our country and enjoyed talking with some other vets helping with the expo booths.
The little guy and new mom’s father.
This year is the start of a series of medals. Each year for the next four years the medal will honor a branch of the military. If you participate in them all, there is a bonus medal which looks amazing. I am not afraid to admit, the medals are part of the reason we do it!
Well I don’t have anything bad to report about this event. The course (for the 5k) is challenging without being punitive, well placed water stations, great finish line expo, awesome medal. If you need a great way to transition from spring to summer, check out this event!
I hope this event is what I needed to get my motivation and running mojo back in form! My finish time wasn’t quite as ad as thought it would be, which is motivation to get back out there to get stronger and faster. Only time will tell.