Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sing with me, willya????

Happy RACE-aversary to ME!

Happy RACE-aversary to ME!

Happy RACE-aversary dear Pokeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

Happy RACE-aversary to ME!

(applause….hoots & hollers…..)

Okay, so it was actually YESTERDAY and I missed it. Oh well, it is still a sweet day on my record books.

September 2, 2006 ~ the day of my very first “real” race (real long, that is!!) I had never in my life imagined that I would be able to complete an almost-8 mile race.

It was the Bridge to Breakwater 12K in San Pedro, CA ~ it was hot, humid and miserable ~ but after my finish you would have thought I had just won a world record. Time was 1:36:34, or about a 12:44 pace.

What a sweet, sweet day. It was the start of many great things for me, the most important being the pursuit of health and fitness. I’m not that much of a better runner today than I was two years ago (I’m still hecka slow!!) but I am a much healthier and stronger person ~ both mentally and physically. For these reasons alone, this day of running was a true success.

This was back before I discovered that running with a hat or visor in the heat is truly a necessity, but you will all be happy to know that even back then, I only wore black ;) In case it’s not obvious, I am the short dumpy one next to the two tall, skinny ones.
It also reminds me that I need to reconnect with my friend Lisa (in the hot pink) who shared this day with me :)

Thank you, Running ~ for such a monumental day in my life. I am ready for MORE!


Laura N said...

Happy race-aversary! I'm all for making up new holidays.

My 1st race-aversary is coming up this month (only mine was "just" a 5k). And I feel the same way you do about running. A new lease on life it's been for me.

Nat said...

Woohoo! Happy Anniversary. :)

Looking forward to running with you this year.

Pat said...

Mine is September 2, 2006. I forgot to celebrate. I better go out and buy me something.

What did you buy for yourself?

Nitmos said...

That's cool. Congratulations. Here's to many years - and races - to come!

Wes said...

You've come such a long way baby!! Gonna celebrate with a race?

Running Knitter said...

I think you ARE a better runner today! Happy anniversary!

RooBabs said...

Happy RACE-aversary!! I think it's great to celebrate that, and to reflect on how far you've come. Way to go! And I'm sure if nothing else, there was great scenery in San Pedro (right?).

Christie said...

Happy Anniversary, Pokey!!

Erin Leigh said...

Wow that was a long first race!! You are braver than me!!!

Erin Leigh said...

Wow that was a long first race!! You are braver than me!!!

Kim said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! Running a race like that is something that most people will never attempt. You should be insanely proud!!! :)

Calyx Meredith said...

Healthier and stronger before - YAY!! Happy Race-aversary to you!

Laura said...

Happy Raceaversary! Now I'm bummed I missed mine, back in July.