While the ultra runners are on their journey, people gather at the track - families of fallen soldiers, friends and local citizens - to walk or run laps to fundraise.
Me being me, I immediately thought, "I need new shoes".
There were a few pairs which made an immediate impression. I chose those three pairs as the ones in which I would make test runs outside. Each time I took off down the sidewalk, I made mental comparisons.
Here are my new Saucony brand running shoes with a pair of socks recommended by Keith.
I chose the 10 mile distance precisely because I need to work for it.
That will make it mean something to me.
By the way, Manny's Place is coming along. Remember to stop over to the Facebook page and peruse the photo albums which document the construction progress from groundbreaking to the present.
The photos are also a way to thank all the local contractors, tradespeople, Rotarians, and general volunteers who are making this happen with reduced bills, donations of supplies and donations of time.