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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I entered the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K. It was an impulse decision. I work with a bunch of runners, they were all talking about it and I said, "Sure, I'll do it".

Now I am not being mean to myself, I am being realistic. I do not run like a gazelle. I am short. I have short legs. I am obese, not lean. I have a knee replacement. When I run, the animal that comes to mind is a dairy cow - a dairy cow with a limp. So running a 5k in a month is not in my cards.

However, I am a walker. I walk a lot. I can walk a 5k. I really want to be with those runners, streaking across the finish line - but instead, I will be with the walkers, and probably crossing the finish line about the same time as some of those half marathoners! Normally I would find that somewhat humbling maybe even a bit embarrassing - but reality - I am grateful. Grateful I have the ability to walk that 5k because some don't. Grateful that I have the desire to walk that 5k, because some don't.

I have three granddaughters. Two of them are starting to run. My oldest granddaughter joined the cross country team at school last fall. My middle granddaughter is running in the Girls on the Run 5k program with other girls from her school. The youngest has yet to join the ranks of runners at age 6!

Sooooo, this grandma asked them if they would like to join me in running the 5k race. They were excited. My daughter is also going to join us. So, there will be three generations of us in the Gazelle Girl. How cool is that?

Running a 5k has been on my bucket list for years. When I got hit by the car, I thought I had to take it off the list. My knee doc assured me that if I could take off 50 lbs and trained properly, I could run one 5k and get it off the list! He told me running was not a good sport for people my age with knee replacements, but for a one time thing it probably wouldn't hurt.

I have never got step one of that equation completed. Each year I say I want to run with one of my granddaughters in a 5k and each year I don't do my part. So I am going to work a little harder on reaching part one of that equation. This is the year of the 50! Starting right here, right now. I have procrastinated long enough.

Perhaps next year I too will be running across that finish line and picking up one of these!

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  • no profile photo CD3802882
    I think this blog is so positive and inspiring! I love your attitude! You can do it!!!
    2281 days ago
    2282 days ago
    That's awesome! I love your positive attitude. I know you'll do whatever you set your mind to, regardless of pace. Remember running a 20 minute mile is still running, and doing your best is an amazing thing!
    2282 days ago
  • MARYINFL2000
    Good for you and it sounds like fun. It also sounds like this would be a great family activity and do other runs together...maybe choosing a ouple for an annual family get together and participate celebration! Walk, run, crawl...what matters is moving and enjoying the day.
    2282 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    good for you! I think walking is an awesome accomplishment as well and the first 5k is just the beginning and how fun that your daughter and grand daughters are going to join you! Have a blast!
    2283 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14034154
    What God does for one, He will do for another! Start your training and get yourself as fit as possible, and walk, jog, or even walk/jog that %k with your family, and have FUN!!!!

    The very first 5K I did, I placed first in my age division. The second one I placed 2nd, and the third I placed 4th. The field kept getting bigger and bigger with each race, but I was still blessed, to even finish, especially with a 15 lb. oxygen tank on my back.


    - Nancy Jean -
    2283 days ago
    emoticon we come from the same herd. I am so proud for you!
    Beautiful family & photo!
    2283 days ago
    The gazelle girls may outrun the gazelle grandmas, but they are all in the same pack! You are setting an example that will benefit those girls their entire lives!
    2283 days ago
    Good for you! emoticon emoticon
    2283 days ago
  • LSIG14
    That is really exciting - and inspiring! I am lucky if I can walk a 1/2 mile but that dream is still in the back of my mind - and maybe someday I'll be able to join you too! Great that the rest of your family is going with you - that added support really helps. Good luck and have a great time preparing and walking (or running!)
    2283 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13423552
    How cool, glad your granddaughters are getting into running! I have been signing up my great-nieces for runs - taking them for packet pick-ups and out to dinner, going to the runs. What a fun way to stay involved with them.
    2283 days ago
    Very nice!
    2283 days ago
    It is so awesome to have three generations in the race. Kudos to all of you!
    2283 days ago
    Lots of time to prep for it. It's a great goal!
    2283 days ago
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