This past weekend was the 19th annual . I signed up to run the 10K race for the second year in a row.? Overall, the run went really well.? As I have mentioned, I am a leisure runner averaging about 4 to 5 miles a few times each week. This is my third attempt at a 10K and each time it gets a little easier. I will admit, however, that at around mile 3.5, I had thoughts that I would not be able to finish. I pulled through, with just a little walking, and ended up finishing after a little over an hour.? I would say that my average pace was between 11 and 12 minutes per mile.? For most this is pretty slow, but hey, at least I finished! Seeing and then crossing the finish line was definitely an amazing feeling. The crowds of people cheering you on and encouraging you all the way through the run really makes the difference.

It felt really great to be part of such a large fundraiser and see everyone out there supporting each other. The number of volunteers and sponsors to make an event like this happen is incredible and even more so, the diversity of people that attend events like this always impresses me.? Large corporations and small local shops form teams to support the cause at hand, raising money and awareness. High school students take part as volunteers directing walkers and runners and helping to distribute water.? Senior citizens and 10 year old kids all run and walk alongside each other and help support AIDS research.? The response is amazing and the vibe surrounding Balboa Park this Sunday was indescribable.

Once again, thank you to everyone that supported me with donations and encouragement. We managed to raise $805

in a little over a week?s time ? pretty incredible! I look forward to next year?s run where hopefully I can run with NO walking!!