|October – “The Good”
Our run this past weekend was better, the weather was cooler, and we had a friend join us for the first half of the marathon. Tate had joined us for the Army 10 Miler and decided to join us for his first ever Half Marathon.
It was great having him out there. The second half was back to Team Ricky-Bobby slogging away at the last miles. We were feeling decent, a little sore from not running much as far training runs, but overall, the time was better than the last few months.
Then at mile 23 we got a little sidetracked. On our way back up to Old Town, we were passing the Fire Station and a retiree stopped us and asked us if we would walk her up to the circuit rider bus stop. One bus stop turned into the next bus stop, to in front of Molly’s.
After a mile and some pleasant conversation, we begged our pardon, and she let us finish our last two miles. We were a little stiff after having walked for a bit, but we finally got the last two miles done. I had to laugh afterwards, because up to mile 23 I was so focused on trying to complete the marathon in a time that I thought was better than our last several efforts, that it took a sweet retiree to remind us of why we were running in the first place.
We are running to bring awareness to the needs of our elderly veterans. Our friend we met along the way just wanted someone to walk with and talk to. So many of our local elder veterans just want the same.
That is why the Heroes Bridges Battle Buddy program is so important. Veterans want to maintain their independence, but they also need help and company sometimes.
The Heroes Bridge Village will help those Veterans in more dire need than others, and give them place to get back on their feet with dignity and respect.