Yep, it happened. I, Celeste Joy Edenloff, came in last – dead last – at my 101st race! To be honest, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.
But you know what? I’m not even mad, or sad, or angry, or disgusted, or anything negative. In fact, I am happy. And, I am proud. Want to know why?
First, I shaved four minutes off my last 10K race time, the Shalom Run 10K on July 5. My time for that race, according to my Garmin, was 1:08:36. My time for this past Saturday’s race? Again, according to my Garmin, was 1:04:36. Exactly FOUR MINUTES! Another reason I am happy and proud? This was my best 10K time since May 3, when I ran the Minnewaska Warm-up 10K. My time was 1:03:33. The Gear in Gear 10K on April 26 was 1:04:34. And, none of my training runs of this distance have come close to the 1:04:00 time. Most are between 1:08:00 and 1:10:00. My PR for a 10K is 1:01:56. And someday, I might hit it again. But then again, I might not. Who knows. And honestly, does it REALLY matter. Nope, it doesn’t. What matters is that I am running.
Here’s my stats: 39 out of 39. 18 out of 18 females. 4 out of 4 in the female age group 40-49.
The information below is the whole list of people who ran the race, along with their info, which includes, in order of how it’s listed: bib number, name, male/female, age, city, state, overall place, gender place, age group place and time.
Yep, there I am. Dead last! But, I finished! And I am happy about that. And, I am happy because I ran the whole thing. I didn’t walk. NOT that there is anything wrong with that. That is how some runners do it. They run, then take a break and walk and then run again and so on and so on. Everybody has their own style of running races. Mine is that I want to run the whole thing. Not a big deal. Really. Really? OKAY…..you got me. I am truly not mad that I came in last. I don’t really care about that part. BUT, I am a little – just a tish – irked that the person ahead of me, who walked part of the race, came barreling ahead of me the last few feet and beat me by three seconds. There. I said it. Again, it’s not the last place thing that gets me. I was happy with how I ran the race. I was happy with my time. There was just a slight, half-way kind of pissy moment where I was a bit irked. I did, however, go up to her after I crossed the finish line and patted her on the back and told her, “Way to go! Great race!” And, I said it with a smile on my face. A genuine smile.
Okay. That’s done and over. One more reason I am happy and proud?
Plain and simple. There’s no other way to say it. I am now an active person. I am a runner. And, I am extremely proud of that. There is always going to be someone who has to come in last at a race. Why not me?
So, there you have it.
Here are some photos from after the race and from the rest of our day.
Al and I standing by the giant shoe. Isn’t it awesome!
My friend, Tami, and I showing off our shoes. Great minds think alike! I have to share this story. Tami and her husband, Jeff, ran the 5K at this race. We talked to them before the race a little bit and then we went our separate ways. After the race, while the three of them – Al, Tami and Jeff, were waiting for me to cross the finish line, Tami took a picture of her and Al at the finish line and then posted it on Facebook with the caption, “Al and I just finished the River Lake Days run…oops, sorry, that’s Celeste Edenloff’s line.” It was hilarious. So, when I finished, I took a picture with her husband, Jeff, at the finish line and captioned it, “Jeff and I just finished the River Lake Days run…oops, sorry, that’s Tami’s line.” It was a great laugh! Thanks, Tami! That was fun.
Al and I stopped at a small like cafe in Richmond, where the race was, and had breakfast. I had plain oatmeal topped with a little sugar-free maple syrup. (For my Weight Watchers friends, it was about 7 PointsPlus values total.)
After we got done eating our breakfast/lunch, Al and I went to St. Cloud and did a little shopping. We stopped at the Endurance Shop and picked up a pair of compression calf sleeves for Al and some salted caramel GU for me. Then we decided to walk around the mall. We walked around for quite awhile before heading into Scheels, one of my favorite stores. One, because of the fantastic fudge they sell. Yes, they sell fudge in a sporting goods store. And, it is the BEST. FUDGE. EVER! My favorite is the praline pecan, as you see pictured above. (For Weight Watchers members, the PointsPlus value is…who knows. I’ve never figured it out and I probably never will! It’s a treat I usually get only after a race or after I’ve had a very active week! I actually only have it about once every couple of months or so! Thank goodness Scheels is an hour away from me!) We also picked up another pair of compression calf sleeves for Al.
After we left the mall, we headed to Byerly’s grocery store. One of my husband’s favorite places. We didn’t buy much, but we ended up with some California sushi rolls, my favorite! And we picked up two swordfish steaks. We LOVE swordfish. My hubby found a recipe for grilled swordfish with cucumber lime salsa that we decided to make when we got home. One word…YUM! We paired it with grilled cumin dusted polenta topped with romano cheese and grilled bell peppers that had marinated in balsamic vinegar.
Seriously, this was so good! For Weight Watchers members, my whole meal was about 40 PointsPlus values – 6 for the swordfish steak, 6 for the polenta, 5 for the sushi, 5 for miscellaneous items (I do this often when I think I may not have figured out the points exactly) and 18 for red wine! (Yes, that is about three-fourths of a bottle!)
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