Last weekend was our annual Fun Run the city does each year. This is our fourth year doing it together as a family. It is just one mile.
Each year as I listen to the winners of the two-mile walk announced, I think to myself- 'I should enter that race. I don't know anyone that walks faster than me, except my mom." This year I decided I didn't want to sit there and think that again, so I entered the race. I timed myself in the two weeks leading up to the race and compared my times to the previous years winners and decided I had a pretty good chance of winning. I was pretty nervous as this is way outside my comfort zone. I have never done anything like this before. But I just reminded myself that this was a WALK race, and no one really cares. :)
So, I finished the race with my best time ever, and according to Rob's aunt Marilyn who watched me come in, I was the first female walker to finish. They give prizes to the top three overall female and male winners, and then announce the top three winners in each age group. So, I was pretty proud of myself.
They announced the overall winners, starting with third place, then second place, then...I expected my name to be announced..."and first place to....Sarah Somebody." OH! I guess I didn't win. But, wait a minute, I was pretty sure there wasn't anyone in front of me.
At first I was just going to let it go, but then I wanted to look into it. So I asked someone and they said the results were printed over on a table. I looked and sure enough the first place person they had listed had a slower time than me, and my name was not anywhere on the list. So, the timer they gave me to wear on my leg had not registered for some reason. So, I let them know and they said they would look into it, and by Monday they had it all taken care of.
This is a very long explanation, I apologize.
Do you want to know my time? 22:19. I never knew that walking could be such great exercise! I was out of breath and quite sweaty when I finished!
I learned something about myself through this experience: I only like to do things I know I am really good at. That may sound silly that I didn't recognize that in myself before, and I guess to a certain extent I did know it, but now I am definitely aware of it. I am often frustrated by that trait in my children, but now realize I am just as bad as they are. I would never have wanted to do this race if I didn't think I could WIN! :)
Rob's cousin Jacob ran the 2-mile run and came in first in his age group. So here we are- both first place winners!
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