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!