In 2010, a buddy talked me into running a 5k with him. This was the first time I ever ran outside. It was a small event and I finished 4th in age group (behind my buddy). My next 5k I finished 3rd in my age group, again behind my buddy. It was wonderful winning an award. I had never played sports in school, so it was a new experience. By my fourth race, I was passing my buddy and really enjoying competing!
The more races I won, the more motivated my training became. By the end of that year, I had my 5k time down to 21:30!
The second year I learned that overtraining causes injuries, and only ran two races before becoming injured.
In Year 3, I listened to my body, and placed in six out of eight races, adding 5 mile, 10k, and 13.1 distances.
Yes, I am dressed warmly, it was 31 degrees, and it rained the last 5 miles.
My sister and her family at the 20 mile mark, where I really needed to hear those cowbells.
The race had a county western theme, at the finish
we received a cowboy hat and a finisher medal shaped
like a belt buckle.
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
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