It’s OK to be last

For the last few years I have been doing various 5ks with my sister.  We have a blast doing them and they keep us moving.  Sometimes my sister will run (she has been battling sports injuries for a while so it depends on how she feels) and sometimes she will walk with me.  I ALWAYS walk.  Years ago after I lost all my weight the first time, I did a half marathon.  During training I really messed my knee up so I decided after proving to myself that I could do the 13.1 that I was done running and would stick to walking.  I usually do 5Ks but will do up to 5 miles depending on the race. We have done all sorts of races, races for causes, races for fun, color runs, mud runs, butt crack of dawn runs, big runs, little runs and we love them all.  One thing I have come to terms with though, especially in the smaller runs, is that I will most likely be last, and I really am ok with that.  Smaller runs, especially runs in their first year(s), tend to be attended mainly by runners and not very many of them at that.  So logically me being the only walker I will be last.  Want to know why I’m ok with this?  It’s because I did it. I go out there and I do my best and I meet my goals by just finishing.  I know there are people out there that will snigger and giggle at the heavy people out there in their exercise clothes that may be too tight (why do they not make readily available and affordable plus size exercise clothes????) as they are walking behind everyone else or at the gym sweating beyond reason but you know what?  They are doing it and that is all that matters.  This weekend I did the first in a series of trail runs with my sister and I PROUDLY finished last.

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BTW, my time really wasn’t that bad considering it was a 5k trail run and not a super easy trail at that.  58:21

Espirit de She

20131010_173634One way I enjoy getting in some exercise is doing running/walking events with my sister.  For the most part we stick to 5ks but we throw in the occasional 6k, 7k, 10k or 5 miler.  This week we did a mid-week, night event called the Espirit de She.  It was an all female run at Tempe Town Lake on Thursday night.  This was the first time they had done this particular run in Phoenix so there were a few kinks.  The event was originally supposed to be in Scottsdale and about a week before we all received calls saying that the venue had changed.  They also advertised it as having a night market that was supposed to have fresh produce, crafts and local artisans and there was none of that which was really disappointing.  There were some things that they advertised and delivered on like the bubbly bar and a spa tent.  The bubbly bar had mimosas with either orange juice or grapefruit juice and they put fresh raspberries and blueberries in them.  You got two free drinks with your entry fee and that was a nice treat after the walk.  The spa tent had mini massages, hair braiding and nail painting.  I partook in a nice pre-race massage and some of the other girls in our group did massages or hair braiding.  The post race food was also a little disappointing since it was advertised as tapas but it was just Jimmy Johns sandwiches and chili (if you got there soon enough for the chili).

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All in all it was an ok event but definitely was not as advertised and I don’t know if we will be doing it again next year.  I always walk at these events and my sister goes between walking and running.  At this even we met up with some friends and all walked together so it was a lot of fun just walking and talking.  So even though it didn’t meet expectations it was still fun and a great way to get out and get moving.