Barking Mad To Run
I am Scott aka Scottydog aka Scotty Dogg, runner since 1983, cancer survivor – caught very early, so I actually had a fairly easy time of it - retired Air Force, employee of University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), friend of dogs, fun-runner, and all-around punster and goofball. In 2003 I had spinal arthritis flare up and ever since then I’ve done the run/walk method since it hurts my back too much now to run continuously with no walk breaks. I’m on what I call my “2F Plan” which stands for Fun and Finish. My only goals for a race these days are finish everything I start, have fun along the way, and finish standing up with no ambulance waiting for me. At events that I now do for fun I carry my camera, chase “Great Legs” to help motivate my slow old man self to keep moving forward, and take pictures before, during, and after the race. Sometimes I even get a nice post-race sweaty hug from one of the Great Legs ladies. I then do a pictorial race report of my events. I also carry dog biscuits with me to treat any dogs I may meet at a run – unless it’s a mean dog; then the biscuit goes in one direction and I go in another. Hence my nickname “Scottydog.”
And a big thanks to runningahead.com for allowing me a “home” for my many many MANY race reports and photos. Great site, free training log; calendars; running routes; maps; conversation forums for runners; and much more
I don’t have great camera skills and take photos with a camera that is like me - old fashioned, lol - so sorry if a photo appears a bit blurry, etc. However, they are free to save, share, etc.
Here is yet another of my photo reports.
Full report below.
Link to photos only:
BEFORE MY START
My 4th race of 2019 was the Martin Luther King 5K held on January 20th in San Antonio at Martin Luther King Park. This event supports the Young Men’s Leadership Academy, San Antonio’s first all-boy public school, grades 4 – 9. Unlike the 5K I did on Jan 19th which had periodic wind gusts up to 35 mph, there was pretty much no wind for this one, but it was colder than Saturday, with a temp around start time of about 39 – 40 degrees. Also, clear blue skies and lots of bright sunshine. This was the 3rd annual holding of the race and I have done all of them since it began, so this has become a ‘streak’ race for me to continue to do in years ahead. I grew up in the Washington, D.C, area, so I do this one in honor and memory of my late mother who worked for the Washington Post and instilled in me to always look at WHO someone is, not WHAT someone is. That advice stood me well during my Air Force days when I served quite a bit overseas – 18 out of my 24 years served was overseas duty – and was open to learning all I could about the people and their cultures, customs, etc., where I was at any given time, and made friends with people of all races and cultures, some that still last to this day.
Start time of 9 a.m. I arrived about an hour before start time, got my timing chip, and then wandered around getting some photos. There were about 500 participants for this one.
Our MC, Terry, with his lovely "sister"
Terry and family. They have a pretty good race coming up themselves that they help put on in March: Harp and Shamrock 5K.
Our Music Man, staying warm - it was darn chilly for a while there - and playing away. At least we participants got to move around.
iaap team setting up for timing, results, etc. Thanks!
Thank you, Race Day volunteers, who had to be out there early in the cold.
Various participants, supporters, etc
These ladies modeled the race shirt for me. Thank you. Very colorful and bright nice long-sleeved tee.
The race organizers staff of the Young Men's Leadership Academy surprised me today with my own 'special" race shirt. putting this on the back of my shirt.
With friends Don and Julie
Dog friendly event
Yeah, it was a tad cold before we got started
ON THE COURSE
Out-and-back course on the park’s asphalt trails. I like this park because it is mostly asphalt trails, hardly any concrete at all, so much nicer to my knees and back. We also crossed over a park bridge, once going out and once going back, and that thing was quite ‘bouncy’ with a lot of people going over it. Some of you friends of mine know my history with bridges and water; for this one I managed not to fall off the bridge and get a dunking, lol. After making the turn-round point and taking my last walk break, I was feeling pretty good and picked up the pace a bit. I surprised myself by finishing in 32:43 chip time,, and my fastest mile was 9:36. I didn’t even know I could run under 10 minute miles, lol. My time was good enough for 1st place in my 60 – 69 age group, but in all honesty, there were a lot of young people at this event, not too many old geezers like me and all the speedy guys my age were probably doing a different race. I think there were only 2 in my age group too, lol. Even so, I’ll take it.
AFTER MY FINISH
Got my results, got some water and a banana, walked around cooling down and relaxing, and then it was off to get some photos of various happy finishers, volunteers, supporters, etc.
With my longest running friend, Bernadette
My friend, Krista, one of my favorite people
With my awesome friend, Lena. I won't reveal her age, but let's say she is one inspiring lady out there, still going strong.
Time for Terry to announce the age group winners.
First in 60 - 69 age group. Had to wait a while, since awards started with the youngest groups. Race Directors really need so tart with the old guys first cuz, you know, we have to go home and get our nap in after a race.
Bernadette, 1st in her age group.
My awesome friend Don, 70+, finished in 32:11. I finished 32 seconds behind him.
A group of friends, all age group medalists for this one. Mary K, 2nd from left, is truly awesome. In 2014, she finished her 1,000th race, and has done many more since then. She has also run a race in EVERY Texas county - and there are a lot of counties in Texas.
Nice event at a great running location. The trails in this park are mainly pretty flat, with just a few very small inclines, makes for some nice running and racing. Post-race there was water, various fruits, and other small items. This is not an ‘all-out’ after party kind of race like the Scallywompus folks have, but that’s okay, the majority of proceeds go for the students, and that’s all to the good. There was a DJ playing music; the race shirts are really nice quality long-sleeved cotton tees, and the sponsors at the tables there had some nice give-aways too. I really enjoy doing this event; will do it again; and would recommend it to others.
Also, for you speedier runners, this course is a really good one to shoot for a PR as mostly flat as it is. May be a problem for the people mid-or-back-of-the pack, it does get crowded in that group along the trail – but even so, plenty of room for everyone to maneuver – but if you are a front pack or near-the-front pack runner, as said, good course to shoot for a PR.
The only problem with this event – which is beyond the control of the organizers, they can’t magically increase the acreage of the park, lol - is that parking area is kind of small, so parking is always a bit of an issue here – even though the Wheatley Heights sports complex is right next door to this park, and there is plenty of parking there, but the parking fee to use that facility is crazy, especially for a small school on a tight budget. So everyone fit in and found parking the best they could and it all seemed okay. Maybe something can be worked out with the folks at Wheatley in the future, they are pretty good people, and give the MLK event a bit of a break.
Mucho thanks to all the folks who made this one happen for us; all the organizers, volunteers, sponsors, iaapweb for timing, and results; photographers out there for us; Park Police officers that were out there for us – I saw a couple - and anyone else I may not have mentioned here. Thank you for what you do so we participants can have this race.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt