Saturday afternoon, drizzly, not too cold. Easy run with Joseph through the MSU campus, about 5 miles. Did not time it. Nothing crazy. On the way back, we saw several Big 10 and SEC runners cooling down after the SEC-Big 10 track meet that was held today. Cool. Don’t know how the meet went. If I had more time, I would have checked it out. We thought about stopping, but it was just ending as we ran by the track.
Sunday afternoon, Joseph and I met Brent the crazy Air Force joker for a 6 mile run through town. MAN!! It was windy! 25 mile per hour sustained winds with stronger gusts. Anyway, Brent stayed with us for the first 3 miles, which were against the wind. He fell back a little on the return, but still did great. He is a pretty big guy too. Joseph and I averaged right at 6:35 per mile for the journey.
Monday, Joseph and I ran an easy 30 minutes in Longmeadow. Normally, we do a faster run today, but we were planning on running the Glo 4 Haiti 5k the next evening, so we opted to not do that.
Tuesday, we headed over to the MSU Research Park for the Glo 4 Haiti 5k Run/Walk. Race started at 8 pm, which is past my prime time to run! Feels weird running that late. Anyway, this was a fund raiser for Haitian aid. With over 300 runners and loads of sponsors, they must have raised quite a bit of money. The race was 3+ laps around the outside loop of the Research Park. The first lap was awesome! The 2nd lap was pretty good, although somewhat congested with walkers and slower runners. The 3rd loop was very difficult due to the many walkers and joggers who filled the loop and were often spread across the entire road. Although the race director asked walkers and slower runners to stay to the right, most people thought that meant the left or meant to create a line of walkers/joggers stretching across the road that made much of the last loop and some of the 2nd seem more like an obstacle course! I had to get off the road several times and almost ran over some folks who suddenly veered in front of me! For any of you who I almost ran over, sorry! Despite the congestion, it was a very enjoyable race, and I think pretty much everyone enjoyed it. Definitely a well organized effort as well as a successful fundraiser. Kudos to race director Laura Richardson Walton for all her hard work!
The race was a little weird in that only the overall 1st and 2nd place male and females received an award. As it worked out, Joseph was the overall winner with a 17:04 (which, given the number of people he had to run through, would probably have been in the mid 16’s), and I was 2nd overall with an 18:28, which felt pretty easy. The first place award was $100, but Joseph, who still may or may not try to run in college, opted not to accept, as monetary awards are not allowed for high school or would be collegiate runners. So, he told them to keep the $100 for the Haitian fund. For 2nd place, I won $50, which I kept;) Drew Anthony came in third overall with a time of just over 19 minutes. I did not know the top two girls, but they were both just over 21 minutes. Our friend Nathan Gaudin was 7th overall at just over 21 minutes! Pretty good for a 190 lb weight lifting dude! Lots of folks we knew were there, and we met lots of new folks too!