I sure did come in first place in my age group again this week. I ran a 5k with my daughter and 8 year old grandson. It was the Geggie 5k held in Eureka, MO. This was a fundraiser for the school. Now before you start congratulating me, there were not that many runners in my age group. But I came in first and took 2 full minutes off of my time.
So does it really matter that I got a trophy? (Which is proudly being displayed on my dresser.) No it does not matter. What matters is that – #1, I decided to run this race. And #2, I finished the race. What happens in the mean time really does not matter. What was really important to me was that I got to spend quality time with my grandson who finished the race and never stopped running and my daughter who did the same. They both came in several minutes before me. And my husband was at the finish line cheering me on. These are moments that I will always cherish.
I’m a winner not because of the trophy. I’m a winner because I finished the race. I was determined to keep a good pace and not slow down, especially for that last mile which was quite hilly. I stated thinking about two special people that physically could not race. One was my grandson who for a year has been side lined from football and basketball because of a devastating injury. I was thinking about how awful he felt during this past year not being able to participate in his beloved sports. The other person I was thinking about was a high school athlete, Taylor, who is not only beautiful but a determined young woman. She has played sports all her life with scoliosis. She had surgery last week to correct it and will be sidelined for quite a while. Thinking about these two young people that last mile, motivated me to continue a pace and finish this race. They were sidelined. I was not.
Yes, I’m a winner. I did it. I will continue to do it. Trophy’s or not.