This morning (3/31/2018) I ran in the Challenge 5K race in Irvine, CA. I didn’t feel my best and I didn’t have the coordination nor the speed I am accustomed to running. I even got tired during the race and that rarely happens in a 5K race for me.
It was about 10 months ago that I had an operation to remove a cancer mass. And had some minor complications and chemotherapy. The body (my body in fact!) lost some of its strength, endurance, and coordination as the body had to readjust itself.
I did run two 5K races last year but I know it was by sheer will that I completed both and I needed a long nap afterwards.
So I didn’t run for about 3 months. I figured it was enough for the body (my body!) to recover sufficiently to run a 5K without any heavy side effects.
I was wrong. Since I hadn’t done any running my body was not in it’s best shape. It was struggle, and I knew (or at least I thought) my pace was slow.
What surprised me was my time was 23:08, which might be slow to all you speed demons on the racecourse. But for me – it is good news.
Even better news is that I placed 1st (!) in my age group. YEAH! I didn’t think I was anywhere close. I’m glad I was wrong!
Here is a photo that speaks over 1000 words.
Rob with two medals. One for finishing the race, the second is for coming in first in the 50-54 age category.
Now I’ve always been a little on the skinny side. I can’t break the habit or change my metabolism,
After the race, my sister and my niece went shopping. For those who don’t know, JC Penny’s is going out of business and have having sales 80% to 90% off most clothing.
So we went to find some deals. I was surprised. But I don’t mean about the discounts.
I may not know too much about the American waistlines, but everything seemed large and wide to me. For me, it seemed all the men’s shirts, shorts, and pants came in only two sizes, way too big and way too wide. I might have a thin waist, but does everything have fit wide on me?
Don’t we have enough skinny, slender, or thin Americans to make it worthwhile to department stores to carry the narrower sizes? Are we American really this obese? Are the majority couch potatoes? Is it true that so many people cannot touch, and some not even see, their own toes? If true, then we Americans are in trouble.
I hope I am wrong.