Sunday, August 30, 2009
Annapolis 10 Miler!!!
After beers, football and fence working yesterday, the 5:00 AM wake up for the ride to Annapolis didn't strike me as very enjoyable, but no matter, got up and took off just the same. Got to the stadium and felt pretty tight and rotten in general and didn't anticipate a great race. After meeting up with Dana and working our way towards the front, the race began and we got started. Went out a bit quick, with the first two miles in 7:25 and 7:29, so I forceably pulled myself back some slowing up to finish the next miles in 7:41, 7:46, 7:59, 7:54, 7:40, 7:58, 7:46 and then despite a stabbing pain in my side, a final mile in 7:34, for a final time of 1:17:25, besting my PR by over four minutes! Afterwards we hung around for a bit to listen to some music and head over for brunch with Dana!!!
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!