Originally posted on: May 27, 2013
Okay before anyone says that I was an idiot – I agree with you, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.
What are you talking about Harold?
I went to the Miles for Mills 5K expecting to walk it, guess what – I didn’t.
Harold you haven’t really run since May 3rd and your hip was just beginning to feel no pain when walking, so why in the hell did you run in a race today, especially when you KNEW what the result would be?
This is why!
If Travis Mills can run a race with no arms and no legs, how in the hell can I with all good conscience not run, especially wearing Team RWB colors.
So I did.
I told myself that I was just going to go slow and then right before the start I told Laura – I just going to go until I can’t anymore and see how I do. I spent the first mile and half in 4th or 3rd place and finally passed the guy who had been holding down 2nd around 1.5 miles.
There were about 6-7 of us that were in the pack and I was holding off the eventual women’s winner (who finished 2nd) and was feeling good. However, coming around the final left turn, with about .5 miles left, I landed and twisted a little, with my foot planted and it was all I could do to struggle to finish. All the rest of the way my hip was telling me very loudly about how stupid I was to be running today and with a quarter mile to go, my left achilles, joined in the chorus.
Between the lack of training and my hip and achilles hurting, I ended up finishing 5th. Which was a little disappointing, but hey, I gave it a good effort and was very surprised and pleased at how I did. I am doing LOTs of icing the hip and listening to it complain about what idiot I was to have even thought about running today.
It ended up being my second fastest 5K of the year, so while I was a little disappointed that I didn’t hang onto second, I am happy with the fact that I did run and did okay.
Oh well – like I said if Travis can run, I am not going to let a little thing like this stop me from running.
Travis has a dream to help other veterans and the local newspaper has already got an article up that explains it a lot better than I can – here is the link. If you would like to learn more about Travis’ dreams and plans here is his website.
Here are photos of other Team RWB members from todays race.
Miles For Mills 5K
If I had it do over, I wouldn’t change my decision to have run in this race, the only thing I would have done differently would have been to run faster when my hip was not bothering me.
All I can say is that Travis and the other veterans that were there today, certainly inspired me!
I HAVE MOVED
After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.
If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .
Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.
Monday, May 27, 2013
After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.
If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.