A day of remembrance with a 5K
For the last 4 years I have run a 5K on memorial day to honor my father who was a WWII veteran. The race I choose to do is the Miles for Mills 5K, which benefits the Travis Mills Foundation. 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. He survived, and came back as strong as ever. He bought an estate here in Maine,which was built in 1929 by cosmetics pioneer Elizabeth Arden, which will be a retreat for wounded veterans and their families.
This has become one of my favorite races, because the enthusiasm there is fantastic. The crowd today withstood rain and cold, but smiles were everywhere. The race starts at Cony High School in Augusta, and does a loop around the neighborhood. Today was my first race of the year. I don’t have too much planned except for having fun and doing what running that I can tolerate. I am back training under my coach Caleb Masland and so far it’s going great. I have found that I can run for longer periods of time and my pace has increased also. Since I am scheduled for surgery in August, I have the summer to see what I can tolerate. Todays race went well, I finished in 37:17. Not a PR this time, but better than I thought I was going to do. I did have to walk the hills, as my Achilles bothers me a lot when running uphill. The rest though, was good. I’m a happy camper! Also another highlight for today is that I got to meet another Maine-r on the TWB team through our Coach. Jeff M, it was great to meet you and chat for a bit. It’s so cool that people from all over the US can be connected by a love for running and great training. 🙂
I also got to see my good friend Dennis who recently has undergone a liver transplant, and walked/jogged the race today. Of course we had to get the obligatory selfie… We have plans to do the Beach 2 Beacon 10 K race in August. I’m hoping that he will be running by then, and we can chat for the whole 6 miles. 😉
Today was a great day. That’s all that needs to be said!