The race was the Miles for Mills 5K in Augusta Maine.
On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.
Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, an incredible will to live, the heroic actions of the men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and all the healthcare providers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, near Washington D.C., Travis remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but Travis continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and with his amazing spirit. SSG Travis Mills is a genuine American hero, and for his incredible sacrifice, we are forever in his debt.
In September 2013, Travis founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans. Travis and the foundation are actively involved with several veterans’ organizations including, Veterans Family Camp in Belgrade, Maine.
Travis also founded the Travis Mills Group, LLC where he consults with and speaks to companies and organizations nationwide inspiring all to overcome life’s challenges and adversity.
So after reading Travis’ story, I decided to go take part in the 5K. I drove down on the dreary morning, hoping it wasnt going to rain, as showers were in the forcast for the morning. Fortunately the sprinkles only came once before the race started. It did make the air more humid though, when the temperature started to rise.
The race was a simple square route, with just one hill at the beginning. Easy enough. There were a lot of people walking.. this was the 3rd year that this race has been held. Lots of smiles and conversations while waiting for the race to start.
The race went well. I put myself in the back and decided to just take it easy since I had run the Sugarloaf 15K the weekend before. Had been having some knee pain since the race, so hadn’t done any workouts all week. I was anxious to run!
When I finished I was happy to see that I had a PR of 1 min 19 secs! Not bad after having a PR at Sugarloaf last weekend too. This just goes to show what some hard work and having a fantastic running coach ( Caleb Masland ) can do for you. At this time last year I was slower and more of a novice runner. Now I am getting the feel for my stride and my preferences, and am enjoying the journey a whole lot more.
I didn’t realize that I had gotten that excited about seeing the finish line! 😉
I chose to run in my Skechers GOrun 3’s. Those turned out to be the perfect shoe for the day. The roads were a little wet, and they have great traction. I ran in them all winter long with no slipping or sliding whatsoever. They are very comfortable and are my shoe of choice most of the time.
Long story short, I loved this race, and commented to the race director that I will be back every year that I can, to run and honor my father’s memory. I was surprised to see she mentioned me on facebook:
Hope all of you had a inspiring and safe holiday. Thanks for reading!
Post race selfie
Got my PR! Happy Weez!