Sunday, September 19, 2010
Woodrow Wilson Bridge 1/2 Marathon
Great race, great morning. Started off really strong, putting in several 8 min or better miles. Felt good, legs were tight, but that is to be expected one week removed from another 1/2 marathon race! Got to the bridge and had a great pace going, but then got to the National Harbor and the hill to the back was really pretty steep and just enough to sap some energy out of me, until we then hit the path which is alternating between dirt and gravel (both suck to run fast on since your feet slip out from under you). So, pace stayed pretty decent, but had to work really hard to keep it that way, before finally getting to kick it in for the home stretch and was greeted by a cheering Cole, Betsy, Elana and Ronna! Even better, got to hang out in the sand with the Awakening statue afterwards! Now on to the Redskins vs. Texans Game!
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!