For my 8th adventure, I decided to run a 5K race. Mind you, I am not a runner, I hate to run, I have never run in a race, I didn’t prepare, and I had no idea what to expect. Oh….and neither did my wife and kids who joined me!
This adventure was special for 2 reasons. First, it was my son Taylor’s 10th birthday and he was very excited about doing this to start his special day. Second, proceeds from the race benefited the Children’s Cancer Caring Center. This cause is near to our hearts as we ran this race in honor of my friend’s daughter, Bella Rodriguez, who is one of the most brave and strong little girls we know. You got this Bella! We’re praying for you.
The race started early in the morning and left from Virginia Key in Key Biscayne. We were joined by nearly two thousand other runners who were ready to take on the challenge. After putting on our numbers, stretching a bit and having some Dunkin’ Donuts and Coffee for energy (LOL!) we lined up at the starting line and we were off!
There were runners of all experience levels, families and teams running the race. I even saw my friend Mike Alvarez, who despite riding in a Jeep and not running, joked about me not telling all of you that I “ran” the 5K since he witnessed me walking. (I love you Mike and I will take you up on the wingman offer soon!)
The course was very nice and the weather was perfect since it wasn’t too hot. We finished the 5K in 50 minutes and felt very proud of what we had accomplished.
It looks like we been bitten by the running bug, so we also decided that we would be doing more of these kinds of events on a regular basis. Maybe by this same time next year we’ll be ready for the 10K!