Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k
On September 10th, nearly 30 ladies from the best running group around, Stroller Warriors, took part in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower 5k. If you have a minute, check out the backstory here. It's truly touching and inspiring.
We gathered at the Jacksonville USO (oldest USO in the world!) and started the race around 9:15. Luckily, Fil was willing to get up early with me and watch Reagan while I ran the 5k, so I donned my headphones, and took off close to the front of the group with some fellow Stroller Warriors. I had aspirations of running somewhere in the vicinity of 24:30, but wasn't sure how I would fare sans stroller. With guidance from our "fearless leader," Stephanie, I started out strong but not too fast. As one mile turned into two, I was feeling great and decided to pick it up. I ended up crossing the line in 22:11 (a post-baby PR for sure!) and was thrilled. A huge thanks to my FIL for not only watching Reagan for me, but also taking pictures of all the SW runners.
It was a great race and I was not only inspired by the story of Stephen Siller, but by the many local firefighters who completed the race in partial-to-full gear. What a way to remember...
Our group shirts
Heading toward the finish line
Token picture of my little "stroller warrior" who is my favorite running partner
Several (but not all) of the Stroller Warriors who participated in the 5k