This is a terrific race because the majority of the proceeds go to the Medstar Burn Unit, and the objective of the race is for runners to be comfortable in their own skin just like burn victims struggle to do every day of their lives. The race premium was a pair of flannel boxers with a nearly naked running fireman to match the theme.
We decided to run with the boys and help them achieve personal bests. Z-Man previously had a time of 8:38 for a mile on the track this summer and Nickel was sporting a 9:59 mile best on the track. Nickel was less than enthusiastic about his race to start, but Z-Man was raring to go and said that he was going out hard to get a PR. As the excitement and hype built, both of the boys started to get more excited about running. Once the elite men's heat ran and they got to see Haitian Olympian, Moise Joseph, take down the mile in 4:32 with little effort, they were ready to go.
Nickel pronounced that he was ready to strip and run.
We lined up slightly to the back of the open mile (sub-10 minute times), and it was the moment of truth for me. Was I going to be comfortable in my own skin and take off the tank top or was I going to be afraid and hide my mid-section? I overcame my discomfort and decided to go for it. I was going to rock my mother runner body even though it wasn't completely perfect. So outfitted in sports bra, arm warmers, running skirt, and compression socks, I was ready to go.
The gun sounded, and the boys took off! We were honestly a little shocked that they took off so fast, and we had to hustle through the throng of runners to catch up and find them. They are little so they were easily weaving in and out a making their way up to the faster pace group.
|I'm sure the Crossfit trainer hates this photo! The guy was carrying a 75 lb backpack, but it's still funny that Z is passing him at the finish.|