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Perseverence = Accomplishment


I took a break from house projects this morning to run my first road race – a 15K called “The Boilermaker” in Utica, NY – with my friend Katherine. It’s the largest 15k in the nation, with over 12,000 runners this year. The race ends at the Matt’s Brewery. (That’s me on the left)

Katherine and Mindy after the Boilermaker

Not only did we finish without passing out or puking, we ran the entire thing (no walk breaks) and even sprinted over the finish line. Which is saying something, considering we started our “training” 3 weeks ago when Katherine suckered me into signing up. You’d be surprised how many people were on the side of the road with EMTs. It was actually kinda motivating, knowing you were at least doing better than that poor person passed out face down on someone’s front lawn.

What does this have to do with our house? Absolutely nothing. But much like a good house project it made me push to the point of exhaustion, feel a little nauseous, and walk around all day proud as a peacock having achieved something I never would have guessed I could do.

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

Eilis had this to say on 07.08.07:

Way to go you two!! So proud of you!

Katherine had this to say on 07.09.07:

Thank you so much for running with me, you were an awesome partner! I can’t wait to do our next race, I had so much fun!!

Stefanie Noble had this to say on 07.09.07:

Congratulations! Two of my cousins and a bunch of their friends ran as well. I think I might someday as well, although I would DEFINITELY need to train a tad.

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