Monthly Archives: June 2014

Winning & Being Famous For a Day. OK An Hour.


I’ve never won a race. I have fantasies about cheering crowds, the ribbon I get to bust through, people who love me gathered to tell me what a great job I did. Pictures on the red carpet, a bike escort, giving motivational speeches, full length gowns, Prada shoes….  OK, wait.  That’s not quite right.  But winning a race and breaking the ribbon would be pretty cool.

Winning second place overall and first woman

Winning second place overall and first woman. Closest to breaking through a ribbon as I’ll get

Last Autumn in September I did a race in Greenville, California.  The Seymour Smith Memorial Run.  It was supposed to be 12.5 miles but all the mile markers were off….  We finished at around 13 miles and the last “mile” was actually 1.4.  A very small, but very fun race through beautiful country.  This is a big fish, little pond story.  My time was nothing great – I can’t even recall my average minute miles, but somewhere in the 8’s.  Still, I pushed and came in 2nd overall, 1st woman.

One of my Running With The Bears companions.  He and his wife I'd met before and we talked before the race

One of my Running With The Bears companions. He and his wife I’d met before and we talked before the race

The man who beat me, I knew at the start would be faster.  The great thing about running is you can’t really tell peoples speed by looking at them. I can usually tell who is faster than I am and who is a newbie runner but 80-90% of people you look at, you just don’t know.

A friends parents and our road crew.  I adopted them of course

A friends parents and our road crew. I adopted them of course

It was a planned girls weekend and I loved every single second of it.  The race was the excuse, the catalyst to get us together.  The race was fun and we all looked forward to it, but it was the weekend away I needed.  Getting out of town, gathering together, cooking, hot tubbing, dishing about kids and relationships.  Being girly and silly and have fun together…..

We dug up some left over "Bears" temporary tattoos to let everyone know who we were and that we were serious

We dug up some left over “Bears” temporary tattoos to let everyone know who we were and that we were serious

We're ready to go - after the port a potty trip on the side of the road by the car.  Keepin it classy

We’re ready to go – after the port a potty trip on the side of the road by the car. Keepin it classy

One of the things I love about this race are the walkers.  They leave much earlier than the runners by a couple of hours.  I think I saw my first walker at around mile 7.  They yell, they cheer, they get excited.  They told me over and over as I passed that there was only one person in front of me.  For most of them it’s the first time they’ve walked this far and it’s fantastic to see what could be the beginning of a new love in running.  You just never know the seeds that get planted along the way.

The Family behind the run.  Very neat people.  I talked with them for quite a while

The Family behind the run. Very neat people. I talked with them for quite a while

The race was small enough, they didn’t have T-shirts and had to mail them later, which I received about 2 months after the race.  Winning 2nd place meant I won $100 – my claim to fame – but that never showed up in the mailbox.  Still, the girls and I all know that on that day I was famous – the runner who’s time beat all but one other.  For an entire day I was famous, or at least for an hour…..

The floor is yours….