“The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.” ~ Robert Frost
5K Race Report
Race: Saturday morning, 8:30 AM. Local state park. Small event.
Saturday morning started with beautiful weather for running. Temperatures in the upper 60’s. Our whole family was running the race. There were maybe 150 people entered in the race. We’ve run this race the last four years.
The thing is, we know this course. Unlike the first year. We know, the first half of the course is mostly uphill. And just when you think you’re done…another hill! It’s a fun run for me, because it’s a trail run. Usually I run on the road, so getting out into the woods to run is a fun change of scenery and pace.
And this year was no different. The hills came. The hills continued. And we ran. And some of us walked parts. And we all finished. Hot. Smelly. Exhausted. Inspired.
In our family, I finished second. I ran the whole race. My oldest son (13) had finished a couple of minutes before me, and … he walked a couple of the hills. I guess I didn’t run all that fast! Shortly after, everyone else in my family came in.
What’s interesting about this race, is that is is partially sponsored by a local micro brewery. So, at 9 AM in the morning, there’s a half-barrel of beer. This seemed weird to me the first year we did this. Now…I like it! Everyone else (in my family) likes the fact that they have doorprizes they draw for after the run. We came home with a case of soda and several golf balls.
Due to technical difficulties at the event, they did not have a printout of the times – that’s ok. My (our) time was nothing to write about (hey, what am I doing then???). I finished, and that was success for me!
Lesson in All Of This
So, the lesson to be had from this: Some battles are uphill battles. And in those battles we face, we have the choice to stop on continue on. And when we continue on, victory is ours. Maybe it’s not a first place award. Maybe it’s not fame or fortune. But, in conquering the uphill battles, the victory we achieve is a personal one. It is ours, we have earned it. Completion has come through our hard work and perseverance. These are victories that last. We come out better for having completed the task at hand.
When we’re faced with difficult situations, the personal victories we’ve faced during some of the uphill battles life has thrown at us will make us better prepared to face these new challenges. So, when the next uphill battle comes into your life, if it’s one you really want…continue on. The victory, whatever that is for you, is waiting!