I had another great time at the Brooksie Way. The Crim Fitness Foundation, Oakland County, and the Oakland University folks put on another great event. Usually I take Sunday off from blogging, you know, NFL, Nascar, MLB baseball playoffs, all the good stuff that make Sunday afternoons special.
I thought I would write my feelings about the race.

As I said this is my 4th and from day one I’ve loved this race. Now you might have remembered in a previous post, I’m not racing anyone but myself. I’m not real fast, I do more walking than I want, but what the heck, I’m not trying to impress anyone but myself.

I like the views and scenery of this race. The colors are just beginning to change and the route takes you through all sorts of neighborhoods and a couple small cities. We spent some time on dirt trails and a lot of time on hills. Actually the hills are arduos and long but I love them. They add to the difficulty level and the mystique of this race. I’ve known a few people that have previously done this race and now they don’t want anything to do with it. Too many hills is what they tell me. They prefer flatter courses. It’s good there are races that can suit just about anyone.

I’m sitting down as I write this and I’m sore as all get out. Legs, hips, feet all sore. But the thing I like about this type of soreness is it is specific and focused. I call it a “Good Ache”. I know where it came from and based on past experience it will feel a bit better each day and I’ll be back to normal in no time. I’d say no time, but at 44 it isn’t no time like it was at 24. The aches last a bit longer, but at the same time I really feel alive after a long race like this. Now I like this ache a whole lot better than those aches, us from the more seasoned set feel from time to time. Just aching because you’re awake and sometimes they might even wake you up from a deep sleep. Anyway I digress.

The weather was perfect. Sunny for the most part. I would be nice and call the chill in the air at 8:00am, crisp, but it wasn’t. It was about the coldest I’ve felt it in early October at this race. Maybe it was the 15 mph wind gusting to 25 mph. Yeah now that I think of it, that’s the ticket.

I took my Flip Camera and took some video of my favorite parts of the race. I took about 30 minutes of raw video, so I’ve got some editing to do.

Remember…you don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington

Many people don’t think about this beforehand and then find themselves stuck in this very situation. With a little foresight and planning you may just be able to get out from under the problem without any hurt or harm coming to you and yours.

Picture this scenario. I pack up my family and tell them we are going to a festival at the Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. We decide to take a bit of a scenic route and drive our car towards downtown through various neighborhoods on Woodward Ave, which goes from Pontiac to downtown Detroit. Now if you’ve ever been where I’m speaking of, you know that there are parts of this street that have some of the nicest homes and small businesses that don’t make you feel nervous at all. Then there are other parts, “the hood”, where you better watch your back and the persons beside you as well. I use this location as an example, but let’s be real. There are parts of most cities that most of us wouldn’t be caught in if we had a choice.

Now imagine, if while we are driving through the rough part and our car breaks down. Now I know what is probably going through your mind. You may be thinking, I’ll just use my cell phone and call for help or call AAA or something like that. I admit in a pinch that is your best option. And it’s always good to have options. What if I tried all of that and nothing worked. NOTHING. Now I’m stuck with my family in our car, in a neighborhood I know nothing about and I might need to walk to get some help. How are you going to do it. I’ll give you three words: Act As If.

Act as if, walking in this neighborhood, is as normal as the sun coming up in the east in the morning. Act as if, there is nothing to be nervous about and you can get to your destination or find that help you need.

You may want all of you to stay together if you have to leave the car. If that is the case, make a point to blend into the surroundings as best as possible. Look around at the people walking around in the neighborhood. How are their clothes fitting, colors worn, etc. Do all that you can to make yourself and the members of your family look like you belong in that neighborhood. If you are a family group but you don’t see other entire family groups walking around, keep that in mind. You can split up and walk on different sides of the seat or one group ahead of the other to give more space and bring less attention to yourselves. Use your imagination, but by all means don’t forget to, act as if. If you have little kids, make a game of pretend of the experience and have them be little actors.

No matter how difficult the situation may appear, the mental aspect of it can carry you through. If you believe that you can get through it, more than likely that is just how it will happen.

Remember…you don’t have choice to quit.

Jeffrey Washington

As of this writing, I’m 43 years old. I have been married to my lovely wife, Amy, for the last 21 years and we have 3 children.

I have been a Police Officer in my hometown of Flint, MI since 1987. As you can imagine over the years I’ve had many assignments. Those areas include, patrol (In my opinion the true core of any police department), community policing, narcotics and vice, detective bureau, Field Training Officer, Courts Officer Liason, etc. I’ve have also served in various temporary assignments including: merit board, Oral examination board and as a background investigator of potential officers.

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of things, some horrific and some exemplary. I hope to share some of the lessons from those experiences here on this blog and future podcasts as well. I don’t bring this information with any notion that I am the all knowing and just here to teach. I am definitely a student of learning and look forward to sharing some of the experiences of readers of this blog and site so that we may learn together from each others vast sources of knowledge and life journeys.

I’m not here specifically to teach others how to get into the field of law enforcement. Although I’ve enjoyed the job immensely,and admire the men and women who wear the shield to protect our towns, states, cities and counties; my passion is really teaching others about personal safety and security, preparedness and survival from my perspective.



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