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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Running, End of Year

From gallowayparty2008
This morning, we had our end of the year party for the Galloway Program. It was 17 degrees when I left the house, and I think the bank said 21 degrees when I got close to the running store. So, if we look bundled up in the photo, you know why. I was wearing 3 layers, although I only wore 2 during the actual run. Pretty cold, but not as bad as I was thinking it was going to be when I was laying in bed at 5am looking at the thermometer reading 17.

I want to say here what I said this morning for my little group leader speech...

First of all, let me tell you what it's like to finish a marathon in 6 hours or more, since a lot of people have never experienced it. When you get to mile 25, you're there with a guy with one leg, a guy in a wheelchair, somebody that had some sort of accident in their pants, someone who looks as though they should be running a 4-hour marathon, but had some sort of MAJOR issue with their legs, someone dragging their left leg behind them... maybe a guy dressed like Elvis. So, it was different for me to run the Baltimore Half Marathon this year with people who were running a 4 hour marathon. They're intense... staring straight ahead... running. Very different.

My group is the slowest, so we have older runners, first time runners, injured runners. We get the people who don't know if they can finish, the people who know they can finish, but need to slow down for a while. We're like the minor leagues. And yet, I had some of the most awesome, supportive people in my group. I had a frickin' awesome group this year! I love them and I'm so proud to have been their group leader this year.

So, thanks, girls (and John), for a great year! :)

2 comments:

Misty said...

You are too funny. I guess we were The Bad News Bears of running ... thanks Buttermaker for a great season :-)

Kim said...

Not to take anything away from anyone, of course... But, we do get to laugh at ourselves from time to time. In the end, although we are slow, we were also the half marathon group that has done the most mileage in the history of Galloway at Fleet Feet! We are slow, but we can do it for a long time :)

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