Every New Project Is So Exciting!

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I remember my first race. I save all of my race bibs, and I write the name of the race, date, location, my finish time, and other pertinent information on the back to help me recall the day. I just checked my first bib. It’s from November 16, 2003. The race was a small 5K called E-Racing the Blues (to benefit a mental health association) in Wilmington, Delaware. My youngest son had just left for college two months before and I had a bad case of empty nest syndrome. I spent a lot of time watching my boys play soccer, football, basketball, wrestling, baseball, golf and tennis. (Yes, they loved sports!) I had run for a long time, but never raced.

 

Meditations in Motion

My husband went with me to Wilmington as a spectator. The course was along the riverfront. It was a very narrow loop, so he could see me twice during the course of the race. I had no idea what to expect, no idea how fast I could run. I didn’t know where to pin my bib – the back or front of my shirt. I asked a kind fellow racer who told me to pin it on the front “It’s not a rodeo!” I didn’t know if there would be anywhere to go to the bathroom before the race, so I made my husband stop at a convenience store on our way there. I didn’t realize how long a 5K could seem when you are trying to run it as fast as possible. I ran the race in 26:20, good enough for third in my five year age group (late 40s), and I was hooked!

 

In the years since 2003 I have run many, many races.  My husband began racing with me in 2005. Together we have run everything from a two mile pizza race to ultra-marathons. I have loved most of them.  I still have a special place in my heart for 5Ks, though. Even though I have another marathon on the distant horizon (August), I would like to begin a new project. I would like to run one 5K a month, and see if I can get faster. Yes. I am in my 60s. I still think I can get faster. Not faster than I was 10 years ago, faster than I am now.

Meditations in Motion

I always get excited at the prospect of a new adventure, a new project, a new challenge. I already have the first race picked out. Now if I can just get my husband on board. I will keep you posted on my progress.

 

 

 

20 comments

  1. You go girl! Thanks for letting me know I can run past my 50’s! Also, have you come across the app called Athlinks? It will pull in all of the runs they can find and put them in a dashboard for you. It’ll capture all of the runs, distances, and times. It’s kind of cool!

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    • Thank you! You can definitely run past your 50s! You have a lot of running ahead of you. I just found Athlinks about a week ago. I claimed a bunch of my races, so now it’s easy to look them up if I want to. Very cool!

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  2. Super inspiring! So many people (I fall into this category) tend to fall back on chasing distance and difficulty. To refine a distance that lies close to your heart while learning from the process is something I think we could all benefit from as runners. Looking forward to seeing where this new project takes you 🙂

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  3. Laurie … thanks so much for checking us out at the Life Bus. As you can see we are all runners with a traveling problem 🙂 I hope you get to check out fellow Life Buser Lynda’s posts. She has run more ultras then I can count anymore. Maybe you can join Lynda and myself for the Devil on the Divide in September – a 50K that runs along the Continental Divide. She’s a bit of a nut job who every now and then lures me into thinking I can do some crazy things too so I signed up for my kick butt 2018 challenge. Check it out, Devil on the Divide. If you ever want any Colorado running location suggestions please check in with us. We have run all over this state. Cheers and heres to many more miles under all of our feet 🙂

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  4. Lexi, many of the runners who I know have a traveling problem. What a great way to see the country! I will check out the 50K. I have a son who lives in CO with his family. He has recommended that race to me several times. It would give me an excuse to go out and visit! Love reading the Life Bus posts!

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