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“80% of life is showing up”

Friday, October 04, 2013

That quote is often attributed to Woody Allen. I never checked the source further, but I always liked the sentiment.

The first race on my schedule after returning to the USA was on a very tough course. Lots of hills – not my favorite even when I am well trained which I absolutely was not. With my vacation weight gain I also would be running while suddenly carrying the equivalent of a sack of potatoes.

It’s a very popular race attracting some very fast people for both the 4 and 10 mile options. This year there was also a separate 4 mile walk. So I figured at least I would show up.

I registered for the 4 miler, the distance women my age generally prefer. I knew the first 1.5 miles would be OK since it was mostly downhill. After that though we had to make up the elevation in the next 1.7 miles The .8 to the finish was pretty flat.

This picture was taken as I almost reached the top.
An appropriate caption would be “Are we there yet?”


I may not have been prepared physically, so I prepared mentally.

No expectations: I never did well in this race and the “energizer bunnies,” as I call them, always won the age group awards anyway.

Carry my own water: That’s why I wore shorts with pockets over my tights

Walk the steeper sections – about 12 min altogether (3/4 mile) and aim for a 10:00 pace the rest of the time. That would give me a combined 11:00 pace or 44 minutes.

My goal was to show up and finish feeling good.

Everything went exactly according to plan except that my first mile was 9:40 so my finishing time was 43:14. Yea!

I felt really good so instead of waiting for one of the buses which were provided to get us back to the start (and the 10 mile finish), I walked the 4 miles back and cheered for the 10 milers along the way.

The results were posted online later in the day. Surprise! All 3 “energizer bunnies” ran the 10 miler. I won 1st place in the 65 to 69 age group. See, sometimes you just have to show up.

Side note:
The lines for the porta-potties were extremely long. As my turn came I heard the National Anthem playing for the start, so my “warmup” was sprinting over to the road and joining the group next to the 16 min/mile pacer. The race was chip timed, but I had to do a lot of weaving around in the beginning to find clear running room.
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MARYJEANSL 10/8/2013 11:06PM

  Congratulations!!! You are a hero!

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SMITTY4RL 10/5/2013 1:50PM

    emoticon job of getting to the race, even if ill-prepared. I think running is very mental anyway. Great job!

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MERRYMARY42 10/4/2013 10:08PM

    fantastic, I am glad you are back blogging, I have missed all of them, and see I missed a couple so will read them tomorrow, I have been out of action myself, the past few days, but back at it now.

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PHEBESS 10/4/2013 8:09PM

    Hey, great job on first place in your age bracket!!!!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/4/2013 7:49PM

    Wow, super for you! The serendipity of "showing up" and winning first in your age group! Priceless!

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WATERMELLEN 10/4/2013 7:26PM

    Good for you: Woody may have been right, but I think it's your commitment to fitness!!

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LINDAKAY228 10/4/2013 4:42PM

    Awesome job!!! emoticon

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MYSTERYROSE74 10/4/2013 1:21PM

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DR1939 10/4/2013 12:50PM

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BLUENOSE63 10/4/2013 10:34AM

  Yep the final result isn't the challenge but showing up is the hardest.

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KELLIEBEAN 10/4/2013 10:14AM

    That is awesome! Your healhty lifestyle really worked for you here despite the vacation weight gain. This is how it's done. You rock!

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LOLATURTLE 10/4/2013 9:59AM

    WOW! Congrats!

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WILSONWR 10/4/2013 9:56AM

    That's great that you got back in to it so quickly. Congratulations on your first place finish!

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KANOE10 10/4/2013 8:34AM

    Great job. Taking first place no less. It helps to just show and up!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 10/4/2013 8:32AM

    INCREDIBLE! That is some accomplishment. Good for you!

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BOILHAM 10/4/2013 7:51AM

    emoticon Especially at our age, just showing up gets you an award many times.
Great job! And way to go, jumping right back into the races.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/4/2013 7:45AM

    emoticon To showing up! emoticon emoticon

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CBLENS 10/4/2013 7:40AM

    Fantastic job!

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