Saturday, March 08, 2014
If you've read my status you know that my granddaughter, Natalie, made 20 laps in her Walkathon yesterday and has earned the right to be Coach for a Day at her school. We are so proud! I'm pretty sure it is an eighth of a mile lap, so that would be 2.5 miles. Last year she remembers she did 19 laps - but I thought it was 17 - and she quit when they called time at 45 minutes. They are allowed to jog, walk, or even run some. This year she had her sites set on 20 laps in order to earn the top prize and she reported that she stopped at 20 laps; that time had not been called. She went the farthest of anyone in her first grade class. Hooray for Natalie!!
My Senior Games experience was a mixed bag. I have to admit I'm disappointed in my running 5K time. Just didn't have it today. Admittedly, I had some symptoms, but just couldn't push through them. The 65-69 age group is a big one for Senior Games. Nonetheless, after winning bronze 3 years ago, silver 2 years ago, and gold last year, I hate to report I came in 4th -- out of the medals this year. Definitely did not qualify for National Senior Games. Although, the top 6 are invited to the state games in December and it would be possible to qualify there. I'll have to think about it.
So I was picturing me going to the closing ceremonies on Monday with hubby wearing his two medals and me having none. Won't happen. Believe it or not, I did much, much better in the walking events this year. I not only took the Gold Medal in the 5K and 1.5K walks, I was the first woman of any age (50-94) to finish. I did the 5000 km in 37 minutes and 22 seconds and the 1500 km in 11 minutes flat. So even though I would have much rather improved my running 5K time, I feel like I won huge consolation prizes.