Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Inner Jock



On Saturday, I participated in a 5K Walk/Run, sponsored by Digestive Care Specialists in Dayton, OH. The proceeds from the entry fees went to Reach Out, the free clinic where I work, and to Good Neighbor House, another free clinic in the area that offers dental services.


I started out at the back of the pack, with the dog walkers, figuring on a leisurely stroll with my iPod, but after 5 minutes or so I got bored. I had some Motown cranking on the 'Pod, and pretty soon I was jogging.


At least until I hit the first hill.


Once I was on level ground again, the urge to overtake the group in front of me became overwhelming. And so on, and so on.


After the race, I was standing around with my boss, trying to decide whether to puke or not, when they called my name.


I took second place in the Women 55-59 division! (Out of 3 entrants, but I figure I also get to claim victory over all the women who didn't get up off the couch.)

For entering, I got a cool T-shirt, a free salad from McDonalds, a tube of spray hand sanitizer (that no grandma should be without) and a roll of toilet paper with a band that says, "Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer." (No shit.)


And, for placing, I got a kaleidoscope. I was a little afraid to look in it --would it have a colon picture that grew polyps when you twisted it? -- but it was just a normal kaleidoscope.



I wonder how many more t-shirts I could wrack up before my knees give out?

29 comments:

Jan said...

Hey good for you! I think you have some good years left in you before the knees go.

K said...

You definitely get to claim victory over all the woman who don't get off the couch - congrats!

Fortune Cookies said...

That's awesome! Congrats to you! That toilet paper alone is worth the pain and puke, right??

Warren said...

Congrats!

a roll of toilet paper with a band that says, "Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer." (No shit.)

lol.

What A Card said...

Whoa, 2nd place! Nice! And free colon cancer toilet paper. What a day :)

Michelle said...

Wow! Good for you! That is great :)

buffalodick said...

Congrats! If you can't out run them- out live them!

Christine Gram said...

Oh Totally Awesome! I love the toilet paper. And you are too funny about the kaleidoscope.

Thanks for doing the run too... has a member of a family with a history of colon cancer, YEA YOU!!!!

CDB said...

Awesome! Congratulations! I can't believe you kept this to yourself until mid-week.

I ran two Half marathons (over 2 years. Like, it took 2 years to complete.) and I made sure everyone knew it within a 10 miles radius. (:

Rachel Cotterill said...

Well done :) Is there a page where the inhabitants of the blogosphere can sponsor you?

Real Live Lesbian said...

LMAO! You go girl! You are way ahead of us bitches on the couch!

anymommy said...

You crack me up - I would love to see that polyp kaleidoscope. Congrats on doing the race, completely awesome.

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

Congrats! I couldn't have done it.. you just showed us!!

Frogs in my formula said...

You animal! Good for you.

Ronda's Rants said...

OMG...You rock!
I am truly impressed!

lizspin said...

No shit!!!!

Chef E said...

Oh I love it...I got off my couch and got on my orange bike I bought last year...hysterical laughter seeing that take place, I fell over three times before I got going...and realized it had two flat tires...maybe I should not be sharing that one, but at least I can laugh at myself...hubby said I must have forgotten how to ride...

Congrats, so I assume you did not puke?

Andrea's Sweet Life said...

Good for you! I think completing the race at all is quite an achievement.

What an amazing marketing tool that polyp kaleidescope would be - you should submit that idea somewhere.

Thanks for stopping by Sweet Life!

Coffee with Cathy said...

Congratulations! That is an inspiring accomplishment. I love that you left the dog-walkers behind!

Maggie May said...

a colon kaleidescope would be awesome!!!

good job!

darsden said...

Cool Beans, awesome of you to be able to do the run..wish I could. I just love the kaleidoscope pictures. Thankyou for visiting today. :-)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Well did you puke or not? You are a winner! Maybe a puking winner, but stil a winner. Great effort:)

mackey said...

"No shit" bwa ha ha ha
Thanks for popping in to my lil ol blog=) Come back soon!

Jannie Funster said...

I have never participated in a race. Good on you, Mate!

This actually inspires me to try something like that.

Maelstrom said...

Grats!

Lilly said...

Congratulations you star. You so have the competitive spirit - love it!!! If it was me I would be still walking even now....fancy training me from afar?

High Desert Diva said...

OMG...the toilet paper prize!

Blicky Kitty said...

Amazing!!! Great job Jeanne! Geez I'm happy if I get below a hundred and I've just entered a new age bracket.

Do you run 8 minute miles or something? You rock!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Congratulations! You rock Grandma!!!

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