Talk Walk Run 2009

My friend Kristin is a Speech Pathologist at Riley.  She told me about a 5k that benefited Hear Indiana a month or so ago.  Bad news was it was the weekend after the mini.  Amanda was volunteering so I thought about doing that since I was hesitant to sign up not knowing how I’d feel, but luckly, I’ve been keeping pretty active this week and my legs feel good enough to push a 5k out.  Plus it was at Ft. Ben… about the only hilly place in Indy, so I figured it was a good baby start to my upcoming doom.  A few friends, including Kristin’s husband Mike were working the registration table.  Here’s Mike in action.

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Bruce and Yasmeen were also there to help out.

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I registered, did some stretching and handed Bruce my camera.  Note to self: never leave your camera with Bruce.  I ended up with pictures like this.

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The race was organized by Ken Long & Associates.  They need to get their act together, because their 2 mile marker was really at 2.70!!  During the race, I’m telling some people and kids that are walking… 2 miles to go, 1 mile to go, etc.  I see that sign and had a WTF moment.  The course itself was accurate, but for some novices, it would have been a little defeating hearing your time yelled out and it’s way off.  Regardless, it was a great race.  Kristin did an excellent job organizing and making sure everything was taking care of… right down to making sure Miss Indiana knew where to be!

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Final result – I finished in 27:07 with a pace of 8:47.  Cool thing was KLA sent me an email with my results too.  Out of the 12 (WOW 12) in my age group, I finished 2nd.  Cool?  Well maybe not when there is only 12. 

EDIT:  Action shots from