Finishing last never felt so good

Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 05:21 PM.

I am a competitive person. I simply don’t like to lose. Of course, I’m not sure that given the choice that many would take losing over winning. Winning, after all, is just better.

Still, in the world in which we live, winning is something of a rarity. There’s just one winner, and as the saying goes, second place is simply the first loser.

With that being said, I don’t consider myself a sore loser. I understand that some people are just going to be better than me. What upsets me is when I fail in doing something of which I am completely capable, such as fielding a ground ball and throwing to first base or hitting a pitching wedge from 100 yards out to the green.

I had never run a 5K race before Saturday’s Tucker Creek Homeowners Association event at the West End Fire Station in Havelock. A bout with food poisoning back in February got me thinking more about my health, so I’ve been jogging a lot lately — I’m down about 30 pounds — and decided I would give the run a try.

Plus, the race raised money for the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department’s Brave Enough to Wear Pink campaign, an effort aimed and providing needed funds to cancer patients. More than testing my running skills, that was reason enough to participate.

I had limited expectations going into the race. Jogging around my neighborhood is not running a 5K race, but I was confident I could finish the race. I just wasn’t sure how long it would take me and whether I would require medical attention when I finished. Fortunately, the finish line was right at the fire station, so I knew I would be in good hands.

I ran the race with my daughter. A senior in high school who has been on the track team, she has always been faster than me, but she was nice enough to hold back and run with me during most of the race. After all, I was falling behind by the time we reached the first half-mile — and fading fast.



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