#reverb13 is a prompt-a-day series for the month of December that is meant to give us all the chance to reflect on 2013 and the opportunity to write down our hopes and dreams for the coming year. Through December 31st Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting each day with a new prompt. Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.
Victory Laps: What was your biggest accomplishment this year?
I know that today, I’m supposed to unpack the personal victories of the year. The things I metaphorically Overcame.
Anyway, I’m super overdue on a race recap for the 5k I ran on Thanksgiving Day and so I decided that I would do that here instead.
Last year, when I ran the Imperial Hills Thanksgiving Day 5k, I was joined by Billy and Brian. It was like 60 degrees and I ran in a tank top. This year it was pretty much freezing. I didn’t wear all of my running clothes (though I came close).
Billy was in Texas. Brian was downtown running the Lifetime Turkey Trot with his mother. So I was on my own. With our neighbors. And every Goldendoodle in the neighborhood. Seriously that is apparently the only kind of dog that people own in 2013.
The race is a food drive, so the “entry fee” is actually canned food items for our local food shelf, Interfaith Outreach.
I brought canned tuna. For some reason, at one point or another, I decided that it was something we needed to have in our pantry. Reality check: Marcus and I NEVER eat canned tuna. Ever. I think we have eaten it a grand total of one time together since we started dating.
The actual race itself was not particularly dramatic. We ran two laps around the neighborhood and since there were so many twists and turns, it was primarily an exercise in running tangents.
It was not my fastest 5k – my finish time was 29:04.
But, despite all of this, I was the first adult female to cross the finish line. I know that I will absolutely never cross another finish line first again, be it chalk on asphalt or a proper tape.
So that was sort of a festive victory lap in its own way.