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A few months back I shared with everyone my plans to start running more this summer. Running more… I really wasn’t running other than in the workouts so it didn’t take much to run “more”. So I’ve squeezed in a few 4 mile runs at the lake and at home but not as much as I was hoping.
There is a local 5K race that we attend each year near our lake cabin. It’s kind of a joke because, the first year we ran it, we realized it wasn’t timed. I’m pretty sure I finished first for the women that year and I crossed the finish line with no time and no one really paying attention to the fact that I even finished. I was annoyed but, as years have passed, I’ve decided this is exactly the type of race I should run. We run it as a family and encourage the kids to participate.
My brother, Eric, and I are competitive with each other. This is how we think we have finished over the years…. 2 years ago he beat me and 1 year ago I beat him. Can’t remember beyond that. So this year is the grudge match. Here’s the factors that come into play:
- Eric started at CPM this past year after taking some time off from exercising.
- Emily’s workouts at CPM have been strong lately. Been at CPM for almost 3 years!
- Eric feels decent the morning of the race.
- Emily has a cold, a bad one. (excuse #1)
- Eric doesn’t run outside of CPM workouts.
- Emily runs a little.
- Eric is built to run.
- Emily is built to lift. (excuse #2)
So the race starts (no gun or anything) and I can tell within the first few steps that I’m not going to keep up. Eric takes off like a shot and leaves me in the dust. The kids are running the race too and I briefly consider slowing down and running with them. It would be a great excuse… “I wanted to run with Seth this year”. But I keep going at a decent pace. Since the races haven’t been timed before, I don’t know if Eric is a lot faster or if I’m a lot slower. Eric finished around 21 minutes, I finished around 23 minutes. My pace was in the 7’s so I can live with that especially considering I was sick (yes, there’s the excuse again). But honestly, it doesn’t bother me to be beat by my brother. In fact, it makes next year even more fun as it motivates me to try to do better.
The race reminded me of how much I enjoy a little friendly competition. I’m toying with the idea of participating in local crossfit-type competitions. Sounds intimidating, yes, but not everyone competing in these competitions looks like Brooke Ence, right?
Let’s hope not. I will keep you updated on my competition adventures when they start 🙂
The Oboard Says..
21 Goblet Squats
15 Knees to Elbow
9 Ball Slams
15 strict V-ups
9 Ball Slams
21 DB Thrusters
15 Sit Ups
9 Ball Slams
Posted by: Emily