Today kicked off the training program for the Kentucky Derby Marathon and miniMarathon!!!
I am so happy to be a part of this program because it’s not for me or not even my idea. My FD, Nylia who has never ran any distance over a 5k wants to do a half marathon! That takes a lot of courage and motivation.
Luckily for her, she has a world class chef to prepare her meals. That would be me by the way. (She laughs as I read this to her.) We don’t do drive thrus or anything that requires a number to order.
Today’s orientation was held at DuPont Manual HS and the turn out was greater than I expected. I told Nylia these are all of her new friends.
Norton Sports Health gave out gloves and fleece headbands. People who registered for both the race and free training program received a gender specific Asics tech shirt.
The 2014 Derby fest includes a new biking event and race ambassadors. My application along with hundreds of others was denied. The lucky ones were introduced this evening. I read their bios online. Kudos.
The problem I have is the lack of diversity in the selection process for race ambassadors. Can we get some Black and Latina women up in there? We may not turn out in large numbers but we are out here! *Waves*
Swags had a display set up and Michael Eaton was present. He wins a lot of the local races and I’m sure other places. He’s super tall and lean in person.
Last but not least was a table set up for the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon. This race is known for it’s beautiful scenery along Keeneland Track in Lexington. A pretty lady named Rachel was answering all questions about the race.
In the past there has been a scheduling conflict with the Derby festival. This year the two have collaborated. Runners can earn a bonus medal for completing both races!
I got to hold the Bluegrass medal and it’s heavy and gorgeous with the pink ribbon.
All that is left to do is help Nylia build her endurance. We talked about run/walk intervals and she is wanting to run the entire 13.1. I’m here to support her either way.
How many 16 year olds do you know that have ran 13.1 miles? Miss Boss in training! We got this!
How exciting! I love that you’re in Louisville b/c no one in Lex wants to tell me anything good about it (which I know is all rivalry bull lol). You’re always involved in such fun things there! You’ll haveta let me know if you’re runnin, I’m seriously thinkin about it and it’d be nice to have a buddy! (a much faster buddy but a buddy none-the-less lol)
The Derby Marathon/mini is a fun race with tons of crowd support. I will be running both the Derby and the Bluegrass. Come on out!
Sweet I’ll be there! (bluegrass that is)
This is fantastic! Good on your FD for wanting to take on this challenge. Will you be running with her or waiting for her at the finish? (Is this a stupid question?)
You are not the first to ask. You know we are just competitive lile that. 🙂 I’m definitely going to stick with her pace. I can’t leave her hanging like that. Her family is already talking about coming out to support as well so win win situation.
That’s awesome!! Good luck to you both!
Maybe I can be your next challenge!!!
No better time than the present. Summer bodies are made in the Winter!