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2019 Race Number 9: Be My Valentine 5K and Half Marathon (Read 8 times)


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 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.     



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    My 9th race of 2019 was Be My Valentine 5K held on Feb 10th at Comanche Park in San Antonio Texas.  There was also a half marathon.  Feb 10 was also my 65th birthday, so I jokingly told Race Director Cecilia thanks for having this party for me on my birthday.  I wore my Valentines Day tutu for this one.  My wife accompanied me and she walked the 5K.   There were about 500 participants, most of us doing the 5K.  Weather was still cold, but at least a bit warmer than when I did my Saturday 5k.  For this one, temp was in the low 40s and, unlike Saturday, no wind and we did not even get a drop of rain.  Start time of 9:30 a.m. for both the half and the 5K.  I got there about an hour early, got my bib and packet and then wandered around getting some photos.


    Welcome to the event

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    With my lovely, and very patient, wife.   Our anniversary is coming up on Feb 14 (34 years) and her birthday on the 15th.

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    My friend Bernadette with her 'sister'

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    Our music man

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    Our lovely Race Director, Cecilia

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    iaap crew getting everything ready


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    With friend Tony


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    With friend Fernando


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    Cupid is at the race

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    My friend, Don

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    My friend, Tanya...recently had knee surgery and is still way fast

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    My friend, Carolyn; injured but out here volunteering

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    I’ve done races in this park several times before so pretty much knew the usual 5K routes here.  Out—and-back course on the park’s paved off-road trails. There were a couple of small inclines but for the most part it was pretty flat. Once I got started – and I did the 5K in my tutu – after about the first half mile I felt like I had overdressed – that tutu is quite warm to wear and I had a base layer underneath it – but what the heck, it is what it is, so just kept truckin’ on.  I ended up with a 34: 11 chip time, and dead last in my age group – which for this race was quite large, as it was 60 – 99 age group – and thought it was funny, when I saw the results that I had finished behind my friend Don – who is 70 – by 3 seconds; 34:11 for me and 34:08 for Don. My wife power-walked the event and she was not all that far behind me: 45:04, walking an average of 14:35 per mile.    I did not place, but everyone did get finisher medals.  I gave mine away to a little one in a stroller, so both she and her mom would have medals. The other big personal thing for me for this event:  since I knew this race this year would be on my 65th birthday, I looked back at my  running logs when I first started running and how much mileage I had accumulated - which was way more than I thought, lol; I was a running fool in my  pre-arthritis running days - and then worked up a plan last year to personally celebrate my running life.  Thus, when today I crossed the finish line of this race, I completed my 40,000th lifetime mile.


    Getting ready to start

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    My great camera skills, lol.  Her daughter was running with her, but I didn't get the daughter in the photo.

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    Bernadette heading to the finish

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    This was a very 'bouncy'' bridge with all those people going over it.  Made me kinda dizzy, lol.    After this photo, I ran nonstop back to the finish.

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    After I changed into a dry base-layer shirt – the temp was still hovering around 42 degrees – yeah, lots of we South Texans are cold weather wimps, lol; I don’t even put on a short-sleeved running shirt until it’s in the 50’s – I went to enjoy the after-party and got a few photos.


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    Was putting on my dry shirt when my wife was going into the finish, so got a distance photo of her

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    Way to go, honey!

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    Friend Sally, race volunteer

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    Showing the finisher medals, They are also wearing the long-sleeved race shirts participants got

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    Enjoying those post-race Churros

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    With my speedy friend Woody; he got 3rd in our age group

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    Race day volunteers

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    Three speedy people.. Don, Bernadette, and Woody

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    After running in this outfit, I got new respect for women runners...I don't know how they do it...

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    My two friends - 70+, brothers - still going strong

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    Thanks to Spain's Street Cuisine for serving up the Churros and hot chocolate

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    The prettiest lawyer I know

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    Happy team of finishers

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    With friend Carolyn

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    Woody, 3rd in his age group


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    Bernadette, 2nd in her age group


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    This is a nicely done event put on every year by local race management company iaapweb, a family owned company that has some of the nicest owners and employees you could ever hope to meet.  Nice quality race shirts with a choice – since it’s a Valentine’s race – of shirts that say “I’m Taken”  or “I’m Available” or “It’s Complicated.”    I jokingly told some of the shirt volunteers that I should have one that says “I’m Taken” and my wife should have one that says “I’m The One That Took the idiot.”  Lol.  It’s not always easy living with me and my wife, God bless her, has the patience of a saint putting up with me for 33 years of marriage.  Lover her always!  Goodies included various energy drinks, bottled water, hot chocolate and these things called ‘Churros”.  I had no idea what they were so a friend of mine gave me a small piece of hers, and it was like eating pure sugar, gaaack.  I passed on those.  I guess it is an acquired taste, lol.  This is a quality event that usually gets a really nice turn-out.  Have done this one several times over past year, will do it again in the future, and would recommend it to others.


    Mucho thanks to all the people who made this event happen for we participants:  all the volunteers out there for us and the local park police that were onsite; all the sponsors and vendors; our music man Paul, and our MC Terry; and of course iaap and especially Race Director Ceci, who worked hard to get this one all set up for us.  Thank you, also, to anyone else involved that I may not have mentioned here.

    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt

      Happy Birthday Scott, and happy almost anniversary. Congratulations on the 40,000 running miles.