Wow ! I can’t say enough about today’s run. Sorry but this is probably going to be a longggg post. I’m so glad we signed up for this 5k as our first one. It was sad but beautiful to see so many families who’ve lost loved ones in the military, as well as other people like us running in honor of these honorable men and women. Each person that registered ahead of time and even today received a package with the name and photo of a fallen service member. There are pictures of my soldier and my sister’s above.
Oh funny story… First I should explain that there’s a hurricane on the way and the wind speeds are crazy right now, which was good because it wasn’t as hot during the run as it normally is here at 9am. Well…back to my story…You see that giant wooden sign in the shape of FL there? Yeah it’s HUGE ! That wooden sign was blown over by a really hard wind and fell on ME ! 3000+ ppl at this event and it fell on ME :/ it was fucking painful :/ but don’t worry the paramedics checked me out, I have one hell of a bruise on my left arm but I still ran the full 5k ! There was no way in hell I wasn’t going to do it !
Second story: My sister was running for Pfc. Jalfredo D. Vaquerano and as we were listening to the opening ceremony we noticed ppl wearing shirts with his name and face on them. We didn’t want to approach them yet because they were obviously hurting during the pledge of allegiance and speeches so she waited until after the run. Apparently, because of a clerical error, my sister had the sticker with his name and photo instead of his friend but his whole family was there running for him. When she went up to them to tell them about running for him, she was swept away for about 20 minutes and came back to tell us about meeting his mother, best friend, fiance, and other family out there for HIM. He passed away in December, only 6 months into his contract. It was beautiful being able to see firsthand why we were running for these fallen heroes.