Growing up, my dad taught me two things:
1. Classic rock is king.
2. Never throw anything out.
For these reasons, he'd be thrilled to learn that vinyl is "in" again. Collecting vinyl is a "hipster" thing to do, so it's only natural that I had to go to 5 Points to do it in.
Running is one of those things that you either love or hate. Actually, it's one of those things that even if you love it, you hate it...and even if you hate it, you love it.
If you're a runner, you understand exactly what I'm saying.
Jacksonville has no shortage of races. Every weekend, there's a 5K, 10K, 15K, half marathon, full marathon, or some other distance race to do. I've participated in a lot of them, but today's race was easily one of the most exciting ones I've done.
First thing's first: The Wolfson Children's Challenge was started by Paul Wilson (learn more about why here) as a way to raise funds for the Wolfson Children's Hospital, as well as honor the Wolfson 55. Runners can participate in a 55K, 30K, or 55K relay. There's also a 1-mile fun run.
My company ended up sending 10 different teams to today's relay. Some of us walked, some of us ran, but we were all there for the same goal.
This event was a lot of fun because while it was a competition, it was a race that focused on the kids, good sportsmanship, and all that other good stuff that isn't really emphasized during regular races. The volunteers were really happy to be there, and it was hard to walk when you could see photos of the children you were running for.
The course itself took you around a small part of downtown. Most races that start at EverBank/Bragan run along Bay Street and end up at the Riverwalk. This race was a little different (a big plus!): we went around Bragan Field, then went for about 1/2 mile down Bay Street. After a quick turnaround, we headed back to the baseball field, and did a lap around the field. Runners had to hand off the timing "baton" to the next person on their team.
After finishing (woohoo!), and cheering on the rest of my team, I got to hang out with my new buddy Wolfie. There was a ton of food, performances, and plenty of characters in costume! It was great seeing so many families having a fun day raising funds for one of Jacksonville's best.
Down here in Jacksonville, craft beer is king. There are so many local breweries that it feels like a sin to not have a favorite. It feels like anywhere you go, there is some crazy beer on tap. With names like "coffee stout" and "wheat ale" sometimes you get a little overwhelmed with your choices.
And if you're like me, you have no idea what you're doing.
You know what's awesome?
You know what's even better?
Lots of food.
I'll have you know that it's not really all my fault.
Just kidding, it is. A big part of me is terrified to try new things. I can't really tell you why, but I guess fear of the unknown is a common fear to have. Sometimes, you just have to get off your butt and try something new.
Also on that list was "fire a gun." I had held one once before, but I had never pulled the trigger. Being from up north, it wasn't seen as something to do for fun. I can name a few gun stores on Long Island, but I had never stepped foot in one until I moved to Jacksonville.
At the range, we got to pick a few targets to hang up. We went with Zombie Bin Laden (I mean, who wouldn't?) and hung it up.
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!