Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dodging the Raindrops and a Special 10K

Miles today: 3.04 miles, 27:07 min
Miles in 2013: 283.8 miles

I really didn't want to run after work today. It was raining and gross out and I did not feel like going all the way to the gym and getting on the treadmill. The weather was supposed to be horrendous for the entire night. 

No bueno for running or sunshine
Just before sunset, the rain lightened up and I figured it was a sign. The air had cooled off and it was getting dark, but it ended up being a short, dry run. 

Ever since I was a kid, growing up in Naples, I can remember going to the Philharmonic. In school, we had field trips to see classical concerts and theater. My mother always took us to the ballet and for more classical music. (Piano lessons were not to be messed with in our house, no matter how much you wanted to go rollerblading with friends...) It was always a big deal and throughout the years, we have seen some phenomenal shows.


Three years ago, Matt Sonneborn, the principle trumpet in the Orchestra, started the Run For the Music 10K to benefit the Phil Orchestra and its youth education programs. But this is not like any other 10K in Florida. The Run for the Music 10K is a special run. All along the scenic course through the Pelican Bay neighborhood, local musicians of all ages play live music for all the runners. The course is a mostly shaded, flat, out and back route. It is usually a little warm, but a good, fast run, with a wonderfully happy atmosphere. 

The musicians are excited to preform, the runners are excited to run, and a small, but enthusiastic group of spectators line the course. And if all that doesn't excite you, the fully catered Carrabba's meal at the finish line should. Pasta at 8 AM, why the heck not? Oh yeah, and they always have good race tanks/shirts. Still time to register...

Bottom line, if you are in SW Florida, you should come run on Sunday! Or come cheer on a few runners and enjoy a little music. 

Sidenote: I booked our hotels for the Chicago Marathon!!!!