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Senior Games 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

My 80 year old friend, Fritz, was amazing. He ran the 5k in 29:47 and took the gold at Senior Games. He couldn't stay for the award ceremony, so he got his medal with picture on stand (which hasn't been posted yet) before everyone else and then drove to Tampa for an event he's done for many years. He was frustrated both were on the same day, but he made it work. He climbed 42 floors, 84 flights, 953 steps, to take first place in the 70 years and older group. It took him 10 min 22 secs! Wow, is he in good shape for 80!! Here's his award wall with him wearing the medals he won today:

I don't have any pictures of me today yet, but I will get them e-mailed soon. I'm sure I will post a couple in a few days. I was very happy with my 2 walks. In the 5K walk (3.1 miles) I did it in 38:54. I was the second woman to complete, the 6th person overall. The one woman who beat me is 52 years old; I'm 67. The 1.5K walk I finished in 11 minutes and 14 seconds. They had 3 heats and I finished first of all women ages 50-74! It is so fun to get to break the ribbon!! Now if you read my blog yesterday you know I was all hyped up for the 5K run. I got some good advice. I did okay. Not great. I finished in 31:06. I definitely wanted to beat my 30:54 time, which is my best time in the last 4 years, since I had to take time off for psoriasis. Almost. Not quite. I had truly hoped to make 30:30 or maybe even break 30. Not to be. Oh, well. I did win the silver medal. I trained. I trained well. My weight was down another half pound this morning, so I'm only 1.8 pounds over what my weight was when I ran my fastest. Could be I didn't fuel sufficiently this week and yesterday in particular. You know, it's okay. I'm going to drop back from 4 runs a week to 3 and regain the joy of running, focusing on injury prevention and my next 5Ks will be fine whether I run them in 30 minutes or 34 minutes. Disappointed, but okay. Not giving up, just stepping back as the heat rolls into Florida, and I reassess what I truly want: Health. Joy. Fitness. Fun.

And talk about fun, my good friend from Senior Dance, Leon is 90. He doesn't drive any more and his hearing isn't very good, but wow can he move! He completed that 1.5K walk beautifully and took gold. I didn't get any pictures of me, and Fritz ran when I ran so I didn't get any of him, but Leon was in a different heat. Let's be as energetic and life-loving as Leon is at 90. He also played accordion in the talent show! Sometimes he polkas with me on Thursday mornings as my hubby doesn't polka (could he keep up?) What a way to be 90!!

Here he is walking:

When I took this pix the other two winners had left, but Leon was still celebrating:

The Senior Games was my first race in 2011. This was my 6th Games. IMHO it is a way cool event!!
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