Saturday, September 8, 2012

If That's What It Takes To Make It Rain



It's sunny now...



...but here's what it looked like this morning.

Saint Tim and I have been volunteering at the local 5K races. After the last one - with a super cute hot dog running across the race t-shirt I might add - I decided there was really no reason why I couldn't do that.

I used to run before we moved to the farm. Tim was a big time cross country runner in high school and college. We are both a lot older and fatter now. I'd tried a couple of times to get back into it, but each time gave up due to injury, lack of motivation... I knew I needed a different angle. I decided to train in secret.

Tim always works the finish line. I go wherever they need me. For this race - as everyone but Tim knew I was going to run it - I was assigned "guarding a pothole out on the course". The game was to hopefully surprise Tim as I crossed the finish instead.

"So, you're basically a traffic cone, eh?" he asked when I told him my "assignment".

"Yep." :-)

Dr. Barron and another tech (not Louann ;-) and a friend from the local TSC ran with past me. As I rounded the last turn and headed for the finish I could hear the cheers. Folks I didn't even really know were all yelling for a runner finishing 166th (out of about 400). I'm not even sure who took the picture above (forwarded to me by the Director of the Chamber of Commerce), but what a fun way to make a middle aged running debut.

We live in a great little town...and I'm gonna get me a hot dog shirt next summer! :-D

17 comments:

Lori Skoog said...

Way to go Sara and Saint Tim! I'm proud of both of you. Just don't wreck your knees or hips with that running stuff...walk.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Congratulations finishing 166 is pretty good for a traffic cone, LOL. WTG

Sheepmom said...

Good grief! She paints....she felts...she spins...she knits....now she runs (very respectably) in races! What does thecrazysheeplady NOT do?? You are a role model. I have no excuse now for saying "I just can't get into that too."

Congratulations!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I think that's really cool that you did this, in secret and finished strong!! What a great accomplishment, you deserve to be proud of yourself!

Alice said...

Wow!!! Give yourself a pat on your back!!!! You finished the race on your own two feet!!! Instead of being a traffic cone, you ran around one!
You didn't say if Tim was surprised to see you cross the finish line!?!
So proud of you, Sara :-D

Michelle said...

Woohoo! Look at those LEGS! And I second what Alice said. I want to know how Tim reacted!

MarmePurl said...

YOU GO GIRL!

Annette said...

So was Saint Tim surprised? Impressed? I sure am!!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Yes, he was completely surprised :-D.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Way to go! :)

Shirley said...

Gee, the things you'll do to make it rain! Congrats on finishing in the top half of the pack.

farmlady said...

GOOD FOR YOU! You should be very proud of yourself.
Next year too... rain or shine.

I need orange said...

Go, you!!!!! :-)

Those self-improvement projects can be very rewarding!

Pam said...

Run, Sara, Run!!! What a set of gams you have. Congratulations on a HUGE accomplishment.

Terry said...

Congratulations!!!!

small farm girl said...

Wow!!!!! I'm impressed!!!!! One of these days.........

flowerweaver said...

Way to go!!! I'm glad you surprised Tim. Not a bad finish for a "traffic cone"!

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