It was freezing this morning as my alarm went off at 630. I’d made myself go to bed early, so I was able to get up with a minimum of grumbling and got my breakfast in me and get to post.
This was the “Run to Remember,” honoring the victims of the Fort Hood shooting almost exactly 1 year ago, as well as all the Fort Hood soldiers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’d seen the billboard on my way to my morning walk and jumped at the chance. There was a 1 mile walk, a 5k run/walk, and a 13.1 mile marathon. Later this afternoon was a free rock show, but I skipped that part.
The crowd was pretty big; then again, the army’s used to getting up early. Right about 8am everyone got around the starting line and we took off.
I was already in the middle to back, so I was getting passed pretty quickly and feeling kinda bad that I was walking by myself. Fortunately, I’m friendly and I met a lady pushing a baby stroller who was also walking alone. We ended up towards the back of the pack, but I think I made a friend and we got the walk done in about an hour and a half.
I’m glad I did it. Maybe next time I can try running. or not, heh. The funny thing is I went and babysat another friend’s kids afterward and we ended up taking a walk. Must be a glutton for punishment. Right now I’m in dire need of a nap, but I feel really great!