Sunday, October 01, 2006

10/1 5K

I'm off to run a 5K (3.1 miles) race this morning. I am nervous about it because my running is slow in comparison with the folks who get out and run competitively. In my annual triathlon, the running is always my worst event. I make good times in swimming and biking, but not so good in running. Which is kind of ironic, since my mainstay exercise throughout the year is running. I love to run. But I don't like to feel like a snail next to people who are flying past me. So - why am I doing this race? I am doing it because it is a race organized by my neighbor. I do this in support of her and she does appreciate it.

I am grateful that I am capable of getting out on an early Sunday morning and running 3.1 miles. Last year I had a broken rib and had to walk this race. I am grateful that I don't have a hangover and all the remorse that goes with it. I am grateful that I have sober days in my past and I pray that I have many more - until they plant my elderly remains in the ground! I am also grateful that yesterday I got to spend the day with my granddaughters. I am also grateful that my daughter came to pick them up last night. There is a good reason that young people are parents and old people are grandparents.

Wish me good luck on my race!

"Faced with alcoholic destruction, we became open-minded on spiritual matters. In this respect alcohol was a great persuader. It funally beat us into a state of reasonableness." -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 48

I just checked the results and I came in 4th place in my age category! Holy Moly!


Anonymous said...

Good luck!


Good luck MC!
I see you,

Anonymous said...


dAAve said...

Yeah, good luck.
You can change your workout about a month prior to these short races.
Twice each week, you should run on a track, running 10 X 400 meter laps at about 75% speed. Add to that about 10 X 100 meter dashes at full speed.
This will increase your running speed, even when running a 5K. I could give more details if you like.

Shannon said...

you are AMAZING

Alcoholic Brain said...

Congratulations for "our" age group!! I admire what you do. I'd be in the back of an ambulance if I tried that.
I'm happy you are here!

lash505 said...

good luck, however you are probably back by now. If your not back by now then you have run to far.

Trudging said...

Congrats on 4th

Sober Chick said...

MC not only are you doing this to help your friend but you are running a different race . . .

and congrats on 4h place, :) Take care of those wonderful muscles of yours, keep on inspiring!!!