Saturday, August 09, 2008

Age Advantage...

First I'd like to Thank everyone for the birthday wishes...I had a very good birthday! The icing on the cake came today.

I ran my very first 5K this morning! I must admit I was nervous at the beginning and the adrenaline started early, I was so afraid that I was going to start out too fast so I positioned myself in the rear. That way I would feel good as I passed runners and not be in the way of the stampede.


Who looks nervous?? I DID...and I WAS!!!


As you can see only the Bike police are behind me.


This is the start line...see the fella to the right of center, in black, jumping? He was the men's overall winner of the 10K. He came by me so fast on the last leg with so much speed I felt a pull from his draft!!


Which helped me make my pass. Little did the guy in front of me know but he kept me going...he had a shirt on that indicated he'd done this before. So I decided to keep up with him and make my pass later.


Living in this valley means there are mountains and hills everywhere, the finish line was at the crest of a hill going into the park...so I sprinted...UPHILL!!

Upon arriving at the finishing line I found a surprise cheering section! Some of the gals from our Knit/Spin group came to cheer me on...HOW COOL IS THAT? Pam, Nikki, Stephanie, Dani & TJ...You guys are fan-tab-u-lous!



My Mom & Milo were there...and obviously Hubby was there--he's behind the camera!

There was a slight advantage for me today having turned a year older. It put me in a "new age bracket" in my 5K race. I finished--running not walking as I originally expected!

SHOCK & AWE!!
My name was called!!

Michael Wardian was handing out the medals, you've got to read more about this guy. He just finished a 100 miler in June...in 2007 he ran back to back marathons. I mean BACK TO BACK days...finished first on the first day and 3rd on the second day! Recorded the fastest time in a marathon pushing his son in a stroller!!!

...and PRIDE!



I didn't have my knitting there but you can count on my cheerleaders to have theirs!!

Check it out...

I finished 3rd in my age bracket!! Granted I have no idea if there were any more than 3 in this age bracket but HEY...for my first race I can think that there were!!

After the race I felt good enough to keep going. Will this be my last race...I don't think so. There's another coming up in October and November...let the training begin!

I guess I'd better go get busy with my Ravelympics project, more on that later.

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

26 comments:

Aunt Kathy said...

Robin, congratulations. What an awesome accomplishment. BRAVO

You looked really good out there.

Diana said...

I'm just in awe girl!! You've accomplished so much recently. Congratulations to you!

Becky said...

Congratulations! Good on ya just for entering.

Bubblesknits said...

Congratulations!!!

Nikki said...

I'm still so very proud of you!!!

(and happy I got to meet Milo the wonder dog!)

lilypily said...

I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!!! What a wonderful effort,so well done and the medal SO WELL DESERVED. You look like an athelete too I might add....those muscley sporty legs!!! Congratulations you clever girl you! :)

Dianne said...

LOOK at you!..I am so proud of you!
Congrats..who cares if there were 3 or 20 in your age group?..that's just not important..You did GREAT!

Issy said...

WAY TO GO, Robin!!!! What an amazing woman you are. Us old folks are inspired!!

Marianne said...

YAY!!!!!!! I'm so proud of you! How wonderful and amazing and INSPIRING you are!!! Congratulations!

Wendy said...

Congratulations!!! You're a better person than I am! I could never run a race like that, let alone place with a medal! You go girl!!!

Krista said...

Wow! That's so wonderful! You rock!

emmy said...

Congratulations!! Robin! Awesome job!

Jennifer said...

WAY TO GO!!!!!!

Anita said...

Congrats!! I'm sure there were at least 50 people in your age bracket! :)

Dani said...

You're awesome Robin! What a great inspiration! I will send along my other pictures for you tomorrow!

Firefly Nights said...

Finishing third was great. Congratulations.

Channon said...

Way to go, Robin! Sorry I missed your birthday, but what a great way to keep celebrating.

Dana said...

YAY for you! You should be (and I hope that you are) VERY, VERY proud of yourself. :)

JakkiMitch said...

Congratulations!

IndigoMuse said...

You have proven that age is just a silly little number. Way to go, gurl! Huge congrats!

Jeanne said...

Congrats! Very impressive!

gourdongirl said...

WOW. I am VERY impressed. well done girl, you are amazing.

Nancy @ the Jersey Shore said...

What an accomplishment! Good for you! And a sprint UPHILL? Wow.

Robin said...

You Go, Girl!!!! How nice to have your knitting/spinning buddies at the finishline.

KnitNana said...

Congrats, Robin! That's so cool...and it's a special group of knitters/spinners we've got, no doubt about it!
(((hugs)))

(Not-So) Cynical Gal said...

Congratulations!!!