Reliv’s Vice President of International Joe Wojcik shares his account of running a half-marathon in Austin the day after Conference.
After the excitement of the Reliv North America Conference (aka “Lunafest”), I used the opportunity to run a half marathon in Austin, TX on Sunday morning, February 17.
I am training for the Boston Marathon in April and the half marathon was a perfect tune-up race for my preparation. I took a few capsules of LunaRichX(I was a 3 by 7 am!), downed a double shot of 24K and made my way to the Texas State Capitol for the start of the race with 18,000 other runners. I was joined by a couple of other Reliv corporate friends (Mel Wolff and Steve Albright) and we made our way up Congress Avenue to the starting corrals. I jumped over a barrier to get to the front of the pack and suffered a cut on my quad after scraping up against a plastic banner tie. A bloody leg was not a good way to start the race, but I was more embarrassed than injured.
It was a chilly morning (around 40 degrees F) and I started quickly to warm up my body. I threw away my gloves at mile 3, my arm warmers at mile 4 and my outer T-shirt at mile 5. There were lots of spectators along the course holding up signs encouraging friends, relatives and runners. My favorite one was “YOU CAN’T QUIT NOW–YOU’RE NOT THE POPE!” and I also enjoyed one that said “ONLY 98,356 FEET TO GO!” I was running too hard to do the math but that seemed like a lot of steps.
The race took us out across the Colorado River and then back with a few killer hills at the end (who knew there were hills in Texas!). With Austin being a rock-and-roll kind of town, there were lots of bands along the way singing and strumming their guitars. Music always helps ease the pain a bit. I wished those Primordial Penguins were out there singing their new hit but I am sure they had better gigs booked.
I had a very good result by coming in second in my age group (45-49) and 61st overall with a time of 1:24:37. I think it was the double combo of LunaRich X and 24K! Thanks Dr. Carl, Dr. Fred & Reliv!