Vegas Strong 5K…

Basically three miles. Started on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, went for about a mile on Las Vegas Blvd toward the Strip, then headed out into the neighborhoods, ending up back on Fremont Street.

About 2,500 people ran or walked for a great cause. This was to honor and help all those killed and injured in the mass shooting on October 1st two years ago. This city is amazing in how it has dealt with that.

It started at 8 am, so we left our condo at 7:30 and walked to the race. Very early.

For me, this was the first timed run of the fall (the run two weeks ago wasn’t timed) and I wanted to see if I could beat my times from last spring, where I was doing a little running and mostly walking the 5k runs, working on dropping weight without getting injured.

Well, since the last run last spring (too warn to run outside here in the summer), I have dropped 15 pounds. So today I did mostly running, only walking for short intervals. And I beat my best time from last spring by over ten minutes. Not kidding.

And I didn’t really push or break into a sweat at all.

For the last half mile I was talking with a gentleman running beside me. I asked him his age and he said, “79 in November and I plan on making that. How about you?

I said, “69 in November and I plan on making that as well.”

He laughed and said, “Oh, hell, you’re just a kid.”

And he went across the finish line ahead of me.