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Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Race I Won (Kind of)

This morning I dragged my butt out of bed to go and run a 10k for the parent enhancement program. Seeing how I am not in amazing shape right now, I was especially nervous, but I had committed to do it a long time ago to do the race. I literally got to the starting line 2 minutes before the race started, turned my i-pod on and, and I was off. There was a different race going on at the same time as our race on almost (key word almost) the same course, so there was mass confusion with everyone of where to go. I was going straight through a corner, and was told that I needed to instead turn left for the race I was doing and that 5k people should go straight ahead, which was the exact opposite of what we should have all done. I continued to try to follow the few signs, and I when there was occasionally someone to ask a question to, I would be assured that I was going the right way (although the couple of people never knew how far we had gone). So basically, I finished the 10k in 39 minutes, but obviously as I finished, I realized that I in fact had run the course wrong as there is no way I ran the race in even close to that time. People at the end were apologetic for all of the confusion,and I later found out that I ran closer to 4 to 4 1/2 miles. So, the embarrassing part comes in when during the award ceremony, they call my name as the winner of the women. I immediately yelled out to everyone that I had run the course wrong and was not the winner, but they insisted that I come up and accept a prize (a $20 gift card to a local sport store) as they realized that many people had run the course wrong. So there you have it folks, I "won" my first 10k today :) even though I never ran a full 10k. Someday I will have to tell you about the time I accidentally scored a goal the one year I played soccer in high school :).

12 comments:

AJ said...

Ha ha!! Well aren't you relieved you didn't have to run the 6.2 miles after all? :)

Mumu Mama said...

That is so funny, Kara. Only you could give that story justice. I say enjoy your win:)

Steve & Sarabeth said...

Lol! That is too funny. Hey, I want to have Chris do family pictures for us this summer. And combine it with a visit with you and the kids (like maybe a day or afternoon in Portland?). I'll email Chris about pictures, but wanted to let you know of my hopes. :)

Margaret said...

That is a dang funny story Kara. Congrats on your win!

Jaime said...

I love it, good for you!!

erin said...

Go Kara!

Kelsey said...

...the erin comment was really from me...

Jaycee's Daddy said...

That was awesome! Now the question is: do you go back next year to defend your title???

adrienne said...

Way to go (kind of)! You're awesome so you deserve it! Funny.

Kara said...

Annaliese,
I really did want to run the whole thing, although I guess that something is better than nothing.
Sharon,
I have enjoyed my win, except for the fact that they just sent me another $25 to a restaraunt in town for my "win." I am starting to feel sketchy. I think that I am going to call them.
Sarabeth,
We really should just come visit you guys. Seriously. Or maybe we could go camping together. June is a pretty open month for us I think.
Everyone else,
Thanks for the support. I can't imagine how supportive you will all be if I actually do win someday :).

Katie and Bryson said...

That's hilarious. But it's going to make beating your PR pretty tough!!! You deserve the stage time, you're a great runner :)

A LDS mother to three busy kids said...

Kara that's great! I accidently made a wrong turn on my third 10k this year and if it had not been for another runner from the 30k that was going on too, I would have kept on going! =-) That's a great story to tell!