I have some good news and some bad news. Which do you want first? Hmmm??? Good or Bad??? Bad or Good??? Since I can't wait for your comments before I post this, I will choose for you. I will give you the good news FIRST. This morning I ran another 5K race. It was called the End of Summer 5K. Nope, that is NOT the good news. Having the summer come to an end is bad news for me. Even though I have run a lot of these (well, a lot to me anyway) this one was a FIRST for me because I took FIRST in my age division!
Woo-hoo! Three cheers! Rah-rah! Yippee!
THAT is the good news! I have never taken first place before and so I was pretty psyched. I came in 22nd overall!!!
Okay, okay...I am getting a little overly excited considering the bad news. The bad news is there were only three in my age division. But hey, a first place ribbon is a first place ribbon...right? I could have just posted that I won first place and left it at that and no one would be none the wiser. But...being the cool person that I am, I decided to fully disclose the dark side too.
The course was the exact same one as the Firecracker 5K that I ran on the 4th of July. I was hoping to improve my time by a minute or so, but unfortunately I increased it by 15 seconds. I am using the excuse that I am one year older since I ran the July 4th race. This is totally and completely true. My birthday was August 2nd. So technically I am one year older. That would explain the extra 15 seconds... naturally. Increasing 15 seconds every year isn't too bad if you ask me. And if you take into consideration that the wind was a little wild, then maybe my older age should only account for 10 seconds. Works for me! I know... whatever...
There was a 65 year old woman who also ran it and she was awesome. She said this was only her fourth race and she did really well. She came in almost last, but was an inspiration to all of us other oldies out there! I hope I am still spry and running at that age! I have been in races before with 80+ year old men before and they are amazing! Either way, me and my buds felt a tad bit old because this race had a ton of the youngster boys cross country track team runners in it because they sponsored it.
This is me with my friends Mitzi and Julie BEFORE the race.
Here we are AFTER the race. We all got a ribbon for placing in our age groups! Woo-hoo!
Me and my very special and very prized BLUE RIBBON! I love it so much I am holding it upside down!