Many runners have pledged to run 49 miles for Orlando. The miles are to be completed by July 1 in memory of the horrible attack’s victims (learn a little bit about each of the victims here). While I have over 85 miles scheduled to cover before June comes to an end, it’s nice to have something to run them for and I’ve joined in. The murder of someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter because of who they sleep with is absurd and disgusting. Killing innocent people on purpose at all is. Each day I’ll click through a few photos and spend some of my run wondering why that person’s day was June 12th, 2016. I’ll probably also spend those 49 miles for Orlando asking myself what the answer is and getting nowhere.
In other news, my year of 5ks keeps on keepin’ on July 16 with the Allen Stone Memorial 5k. Started in 1999 as the Braveheart 5k, the event was renamed in memory of Allen Stone for 2000’s running. A local athlete and Navy SEAL, Stone won the 20-29 age group at the inaugural race before being tragically killed in a training accident that fall. Another lost life to dedicate miles to (is this post depressing, or what?). The day’s events feature a 5k, a run-swim-run (1k, 1k, 5k) and a 1 mile kid’s run. I’m not one for much open water swimming so staying dry on the boardwalk only works perfectly for me. It’s a typically competitive event and hopefully the faster crowd will help me improve on my time from the OK5K. Two weeks from the end of my base phase with lots of miles to log that week, I won’t be looking for a PR but am definitely expecting to see some improvement as my fitness increases towards my goal races this fall.
Are you running miles for Orlando? Any summer 5ks?