Monday, June 16, 2008

In this little corner of the world, father's day weekend was a huge success. Jay and Kristi arrived late Thursday night and left mid-morning on Sunday, making a long weekend for all to enjoy. We bar-b-q'd Friday and Saturday nights and had roaring fires in the Chiminera that the kids gave to me for FD.
The four of us went to the Bedrock for dinner Friday night and were thoroughly sated as usual. But the story of the weekend, there's always a story isn't there? was the 5K run/walk race Saturday morning.

Six weeks or so ago, d. decided to start a walk/run/healthful diet regimen. She has been faithful to her program and makes sure she gets her 10,000 steps in everyday. Her conditioning has improved accordingly. In fact she was feeling so good about her progress, that when she read about the 5K that the Chamber of Commerce was putting on, she asked me if I'd do it with her. I said sure.

This being her first race she was plagued by the usual questions and jitters, and had decided that she would come in last and that she was OK with that.

The forecast for the day had been for rain all day but it turned out to be only overcast and muggy. Being overcast kept the sun's heat at bay but the heavy air made efficient air exchange a little more labored. D. began to experience the difference between running/walking at home by one's self, and running in a group of other runners. At the half way--turn-around point, Dedra, who had jogged for most of the first half decide to finish by walking with us. About 75 to a 100 meters from the finish line, which was also around a bend in the road and unseen for the next 30 or 40 meters, D. suggests that the 3 of us join hands and finish with a flurry, running to the finish. And so we do...oops, there is the newspaper's sports reporter, camera in hand ready to photograph the exultant trio approaching the finish line. D. who disdains the lime-light was mortified by the prospect that her picture would grace the local sports pages Sunday morning.

Sunday morning while out for my morning training run, Bonnie and Dick yelled over to camp to ask D. to come over and autograph her photo. She couldn't deny that the photo op was of her own design!!!!!!



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10 Comments:

Blogger jellyhead said...

What a great story, and photo! Tell D she is looking like a lean, mean running/walking machine!

7:28 AM  
Blogger paisley said...

what a pleasure to read and to be able to share that moment with all of you.. thank you so much for posting the picture!!!!!!

8:59 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I loved that Dedra's idea ended up in the paper. ;) What a fun weekend and a great shot! Go Diane!

HUGS

10:13 AM  
Blogger twitches said...

Awesome photo!

10:18 AM  
Blogger Churlita said...

What a great pic to have in the paper. I hope she enjoyed it as much as I did.

12:54 AM  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Good photo, Rel. Congrats to D. for having the get and go to actually enter the race.

I really need to do something for myself...sigh.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Wanderlust Scarlett said...

That's tremendous! I love it!

What a great shot of a fantastic moment... and fun memories... and a post that made me grin ear to ear.

Congrats to you all, and I'm glad to hear that it was a good fathers day for you, you deserve it.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

1:22 PM  
Blogger cherry girl said...

Sounds like a great fathers day weekend :)

2:07 PM  
Blogger jadey said...

what a great health regimen to have and to do it with friends and family is just so much more fun congrats to you and to those who finished with you.

8:04 PM  
Blogger booda baby said...

Fair enough to disdain the limelight, but what a beautiful moment to 'get' captured. (That hurt, putting those half quotes up.) Not just the finish, but the instant-friendship-pact. You can NOT beat those.

10:08 AM  

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