NESN's Tom Caron shares his thoughts on running his first 9k Run to Home Base, to help raise money for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, which provides care for veterans with combat stress or traumatic brain injury and support services and counseling for wounded vets' families.
Here are his thoughts on the day and race:
Better than they thought?
It was definitely better than I thought. A gorgeous day, great atmosphere, and so many powerful stories from veterans and their families. I was hoping to post something close to a 9:00 average mile, and I finished averaging 9:13. Iíll definitely take it. I know one of Jennyís goals was to beat me. I didnít list beating her as a goal, but since I did beat her I have to say it made the day that much more enjoyable!
Out on the course, there were a couple of times where I fell in alongside someone who really helped me pick up the pace. Especially a soldier who was running with a 5 ft flag staff and became my drill sergeant over the last mile or so. Without him I wouldíve been dragging!
The only thing that was worse than I expected was a stomach virus that crept up the night before the race. Didnít feel that good during the run, and got much sicker over the next day or two (my fitbit mustíve thought it had been lostÖ there wasnít a lot of movement after that.)
Overall, it was a great day. Iím definitely planning on doing it again next year. I know Jenny is vowing to be a speed demon next time, so Iíll have to start training early!