The Madison Turkey Trot is coming around for the third time since I started my latest fitness routine. Over the years my workout was typically confined within the walls of a gym and cardio work was never much of a priority. Oddly enough when I began my real estate career my exercise routine suffered for a few years as I fell into the all work trap.
In the fall of '05 as my weight crept up to a new high I began walking with one of the women in my office and our goal was the completion of the two mile walking race at the Turkey Trot. Well that Thanksgiving morning didn't work out as we'd planned. The first snowfall of the season left a few inches of ground cover and Jane slid off the road before the race. Shaken but otherwise uninjured her car was towed away and she returned home with rattled nerves.
By the next year my site was set on the 5 mile race. Throughout the year I ran and competed in several 5k ( 3.1 mile ) races building up to "The Big One". Dave Parcells ( yellow rain gear ) was the race announcer as I crossed the finish line after the five mile run in the heavy rain, 30 mph winds and chilling forty degree temp. Six months later the King of Tampa Bay died 8 miles into a marathon swim competition in Tampa Bay.
Not sure what to expect this year but I imagine the mood will be somber as so many people reflect on memories of Dave. We never really consider at the start of any event that we may not live to finish.