Smashing goals out of the park(run)

Juneathon Day 7: The one where I raced a dog.

Otherwise known as my first parkrun in…forever.  Where I not only raced a dog – I won!  Goal = smashed. 5k done. Thankyouverymuch. The end.

So there you have it.

 

…but if you want specifics, I guess you can read on. Spoilsports.

The starting line

Feeling a bit nervous (as it’s been a while), but also excited to be back running again.

And we’re off…

Around 500m in

“Umm, this actually feels kinda OK. Breathing is easy, legs are fresh(ish).”

Checks Garmin: “Woah – great pace.”

Excitement starts to rise: “I think I might beat my parkrun PB today!“

1k

“Goodness, is it really only 1k? That last bit went kinda slowly. Never mind, I have a goal to reach: Onwards to the finish line and a new PB!”

1.1k

“I’ll just stop for a little breather. Just a short walk won’t hurt.”

2.1k

“Have they lengthened the course? I think my Garmin is broken.”

2.5k

Spots teeny-tiny dog.

Hatches new plan.

Pretends it was the plan all along.

3k-4k

“The dog has only overtaken me four times, but that hill is my chance to take the lead again.

I got this.”

4.1k

“I don’t got this.”

4.2k

“Never mind the parkrun PB – please just let me beat the dog.”

4.5k

New burst of energy found.

The finish line

(Internal) applause.

Sense of relief.

 

I did eventually win’ (cough), but for a teeny-tiny dog, she really had some get-up-and-go!

Here she is crossing the finish line:

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(Yes, I waited around. Yes, I snuck a photo. Yes, they both had no idea they were involved in my plans)

Then after finishing, off she pranced without losing a breath!

 

…I wonder if she wants a training partner…?

 

So there you have it. Ruby Sneakers: smashing hastily revised and slightly ridiculous goals since June 2014.

 

It was actually a great morning, and we even broke the attendance record.

Congrats, Launceston parkrun! (photo from their facebook page)

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I’m already looking forward to next week.

 

Previous Juneathon (micro)blog: Day 6

13 thoughts on “Smashing goals out of the park(run)

  1. Haha. This made me think of my first race ever – a two-miler when I first started running at age 29. I spotted a dog at the start line and figured I would beat it. The dog blew me away. I learned to (am still learning to) accept the fact that I will always be a plodder and that my victory lies in continuing to get out there and participate. I have a plan to keep competing in local 5Ks until I am the only one left in my age category so I take home the first-place medal every time by default.

    • I love that story (darn dogs and their energy haha). You’re so right about victory and participation. I am such an on-again / off-again runner that it feels like being back at square one sometimes. Today I just enjoyed being out there again, and was surprised at how much I had missed it. 🙂

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