July 4, 2012 – the day after my 50th birthday.  I woke up early to do something I’d never done before – participate in a 5k run.  To say that I ran in a 5k would be somewhat of an exaggeration.  Oh, I did run, sort of.  Basically, I accomplished my goal …. I finished.

The good news is I wasn’t the last person to cross the finish line.  In fact, I finished first in my group.  Impressive, huh? Of course, my group was kind of a sub-group.  I finished 8th in the 50-54 category, but I was first in the “50 year olds who had a birthday the previous day who live in Union Point and serve as pastor of a church” category.  I was untouchable in that category!  My time was not record-breaking, but I did finish ahead of all the women pushing strollers.

Having survived my first 5k, I made some observations as I “ran” –

1.  Leave your male pride at the starting line.  Enough said.
2.  The expression “slow and steady wins the race” is hogwash.  Fast and steady works way better.
3.  It’s a whole lot easier to do 3+ miles on a treadmill in the air-conditioning.  
4.  Hills look a lot flatter from the driver’s seat of a car.
5.  The monitors riding on the four-wheelers frown on hitchhiking racers.
6.  The reason they provide tee shirts to the runners is because you’re going to need a dry shirt after you sweat out 4 bottles of water.

Now that I am an expert on road racing, if you need any advice let me know.  As usual, if I don’t know something, I’ll make up something really good!

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