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First 5K of the year - the good, the bad and the ugly

Saturday, May 12, 2012

So I'll start with the bad and the ugly. The bad: I had to walk much more than I wanted and finished approximately 30 seconds slower than last year. The ugly: The father who passed me pushing a stroller while we were going UPHILL. The bad: The woman who outweighed me by 40 to 50 lbs but still managed to handily beat me. The ugly: the woman who was having hip problems but still did better than I did.

Now to the good.
- The race was to benefit my grandchildrens' school. At first, they weren't going to be able to come but then, plans changed, and they were there to watch me "run".
- It was a beautiful sunny day - no rain, no snow.
- It's in a small town so, even though I don't live there, I knew some of the people who are friends with my daughter and grandchildren.
- I was able to run the first 1-1/2 miles before walking, finished the race and wasn't last!!
- And, most importantly, I helped a young boy (10 or 11) who was struggling the last 8/10 of a mile. He was crying because he was hot, tired and hurting. I encouraged him to keep going, that there wasn't that much left, that he was going to earn that shirt, that many of his friends weren't doing this so he should be proud of himself when he finished. At the end, he beat me. Grandparents are suckers for children, whether they're our own or someone elses.

Mostly, it was a good time. I know that I'll never be an elite runner, but I would like to improve my time. I want to be able to run the whole thing without my brain telling me I'm too tired. Runners are a special brand of people - we help each other, encourage one another, stop and ask if we can help when someone cramps us, meet new people as we run and let little children feel good by beating us. We're out there to have a good time and try to do a PR. So, I'll be looking for more runs in the next several weeks. I know I can do this - I just have to do more hill and speed work if I want to shave off minutes.

That PR is right around the corner!!
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  • ROSET491
    I have met so many great people in the back of the race!!! Keep up the great work!
    1593 days ago
  • TINAJANE76
    That's fantastic! Making exercise fun goes a long way in helping you to stick with it in the long term.
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    1596 days ago
  • GRANNYSUE9
    I think you did an awesome job! You finished the race and that is the important thing. You didn't give up or quit! You will get better as time goes on! Gongrats on running the race!
    1598 days ago
  • RUFFIT
    You are totally awesome!! You did it and finished!! Good for you! Hugs, Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1599 days ago
  • GRANDMACOO
    So glad the kids were there to watch. Even though they didn't "run" with you, it's good for them to see the community supporting their school.

    Keep running and you might be able to catch Erin, as she does her 7+ minute mile.
    1599 days ago
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