Four years ago today, I ran the first 5k in what has become a string of races. Back then a trainer at Lifetime talked a group of us into running with the promised prize of a $100 gift card to the winner. I haven't seen the trainer since that race and I am sure he has no idea that his pushing me into a 5k back then turned into such a love of the sport. Amazing what a few positive words of encouragement can do in a person's life. That $100 gift card was spent long ago but the idea that I have the ability to achieve so much more than I ever thought possible will stay with me forever.
oh, and .... as for the race today? I have a new PR of 24:19 which gets me into Corral B for the Peachtree RR and also earned me my first ever 1st place age group award. It probably wasn't the most strategically run race ever as I really didn't have a plan other than to not burn out in the first mile. I got my desired end result so I'll take it!