2012 Race #1: Run for Change

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May 2, 2012 by Darlene McC

At the beginning of 2011 I gave myself a challenge to try something new every day.  This was intended to get me out of a creative rut; but it ended up doing much more.

One of the “somethings” was running in my first 5k last April: the first Run for Change.  My goal was just to make it across the finish line with out stopping, puking, or passing out… and I did.  In almost 35 minutes.  I was dead after that run; proud of myself, but emotionally charged as well.  I had dragged myself over those 5 kilometers, struggling every step.  I felt like someone had kicked me in the lungs and I walked through lower Manhattan, simultaneously proud and disgusted with myself.  You can see it in the picture of me crossing the line last year:

I’m in the blue t-shirt, shoulders slumped forward and looking down.  I reflected on this feeling while busting down the course on Sunday: how much has changed in a year!

Third Place!

In 2011 I felt thankful that I could even finish; but this year I was not content with just dragging across the line.  I led the first mile, which felt awesome, but secretly I knew I couldn’t keep that pace.  During the second mile 2 women slipped past me, but that was all.  28:04; not the pace I was hoping for, but having recovered from a hip problem in March when I couldn’t train at all I probably shouldn’t really complain.

From couch potato to trainer and runner in just over a year.  Not half bad.

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One thought on “2012 Race #1: Run for Change

  1. tlbflowllc says:

    Awesome work! It’s inspiring to read stories like this. 🙂

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