Saturday, April 28 was a beautiful day for a run. Cool temperatures, a light breeze, and sunny. Gaby and I join approximately 15,000 other runners from throughout the United States and a considerable representation from other countries. A few jitters but mostly great fellowship with strangers, excitement, and anticipation.
Over the speakers, we hear that 2,100 St. Jude heroes are running, who collectively raised over $2.3 million. A new record. Well, needless to say this news was the final shot of adrenaline.
Gaby and I hug and depart for our separate starting lines, she at the 8:45 per minute pace, and for me 10:15. The next time I see her will be at the St. Jude's hospitality center having arrived nearly 30 minutes before me.
The race unfolds. Large enthusiastic crowds, energizing live music (mostly C&W), and oh the hills. Through it all, I recall all who have supported Team Verre with donations, good cheer, or words of support. And I remember the special folk in my life who have succumbed to cancer or who are valiantly combating it.
The race is done. We enjoy a few beers, The aching muscles heal. And Gaby and I commit to another run in Nashville in 2019. We never lose sight of why we run.