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Award for a different kind of maintenance

Monday, October 28, 2013

Technically this is a 5K trophy (1st place Age 65-69), but I’m posting it for another reason.


Saturday I ran a “women only” race. It was a hilly course and an overnight cold snap greeted us with 25 degrees at race time. These are 2 of my least favorite things, but 533 women all joining together for a cause was invigorating.

I was pleased with my time of 30:29 and finishing position #76. I realize that about 200 participants were registered as “walkers,” but being in the top third of the runners was really good for me.

So how is this about maintenance? Yes, I’m approaching my 4 year anniversary of weight maintenance, but I consider this an award for maintaining fitness.

25 years ago I could run a 30 minute 5K. I was happy with that. I never had the foot speed to be much faster. On a flat course, if the stars aligned correctly, a 29 was possible, but that was it. I never won anything. Lots of “40 something” women were faster than that.

I just kept running. I “maintained” about the same speed and look what happened. As I “aged up” into each older group, comparatively I was doing better. I usually do get an age group award now. There are a few women from surrounding cities (and states) who can blow me away. I applaud their excellence, but I’m happy running my own race.

As my tag line says “the race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.”
So whether running, or walking or swimming or whatever activity you enjoy, just keep on doing it. Even without a physical trophy, fitness is its own reward.
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