2018 Race Number 47: Andre Booker Foundation 5K

INTRO  

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:

http://s166.photobucket.com/user/scottydog69/slideshow/2018%20Race%20Reports/2018%20Race%20Number%2047%20Andre%20Bookman%20Fndn%205K?sort=2

Before My Start

My 47th race of 2018 was the Andre Booker Foundation 5K on July 30, held to raise scholarships for students. Race venue was Bluebonnet Palace, a place of entertainment (dancing, music, concerts, etc) in Selma, Texas.  Race start time of 8 a.m.  I live pretty close to Selma, which borders on the San Antonio lines, so arrived on site with a little less than an hour to go to start time, and got a few start photos.  This was a fairly small event with about 65 people registered, and one of the few races being held this weekend in San Antonio area.

The lonely Athlete Guild start/finish line before all the activity begins. 

Athlete Guild folks – course set up, timing, results, etc

With my ‘sister from another mister’  

And here is ‘stoned’ Karen…

These two are Foundation representatives, if I remember correctly

Various participants, etc. 

 

Two pretty ladies…and yes, I did have treats for the 4-legged lady

With my speedy friend Don

A motley crew, lol

This was a speedy lady, she ended up with an age group award

On The Course

I admit I was a bit nervous about this one after having been admitted into the hospital on Wednesday of this week due to a TIA episode. After having MANY tests done on Wednesday and Thursday for my brain, heart, bloodflow, lungs, etc, I was found not to have had a stroke, thank goodness, and released late Thursday afternoon with some needed meds and had permission  from all the doctors who saw me – cardiologists, internal medicine docs, neurologists, etc – to continue running and to do my weekend races.  So this was a good comeback race – I have done this route before in previous races – since the course for the most part is pretty flat, with just a few inclines along the way, nothing I would really call a hill, and really well-paved smooth roads.   This was an out-and-back course from-and-back-to Bluebonnet Palace parking area.  I started out fairly slow, gauging how I felt – pretty good, actually –  doing my usual run/walk thing and gradually picked up to my normal pace.  By the halfway point I was feeling really good and ran nonstop to the finish for the last 1.2 miles.  I was really surprised to finish in 32:49, I was expecting, after my hospital stay and starting the meds, and so forth – to finish in around 35 or 36, so this was a pleasant surprise to find I was feeling pretty good and did well.  Well for me, anyway, lol, I am not the speediest person around. Anyway, I was happy with my results and ended up third in my 60 – 69 male age group – maybe because there were only 3 in my age group, lol.  I don’t care, I was just happy I was able to run like my usual self.

A tad over a half-mile at this point, my first walk break.

Hey, everyone is running that stop sign! 

2nd and final walk break – this is just pat the halfway point

A left turn just past that sign, and that took us back to the road we started out on and then back to the finish.

After My Finish

First thing, walk around, cool down a bit.  It was quite warm out there – as it usually is for Texas summer – nearly 80 by start time, but at least we had a nice refreshing and cooling breeze blowing, which helped. Second thing, sat down in the shade for a bit, ate a banana, and sipped some water and some Gatorade, just getting rehydrated, etc, which felt pretty good.  Then it was up and about to take some photos of the happy finishers, supporters, volunteers, etc.

Various participants, happy finishers, supporters, etc.

After rehydrating and  getting come recovery food in me, enjoyed a cold one. 

Epilogue

This was a small and nicely organized event, set up by the Bookman Foundation and local area race management company Athlete Guild. Nice course, pretty nice day to do it for Texas summer, especially with a nice breeze blowing, very friendly participants, supporters, etc. Pretty nice quality cotton race shirts, and nice age-group award medals for the top 3 finishers in each age group.  Definitely would do this again and would recommend it to others. Hope this one grows a bit so they can get more scholarships for those students the foundation supports.

Mucho thanks to all that made this one happen for we participants, including the Foundation, Athlete Guild, Bluebonnet Palace for letting us use their grounds, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, and anyone else I may not have mentioned there.  Thank you all for what you do to give we participants and event to do.

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