No, I wasn’t the fastest – I finished 16th of 17 in my age group, way back in the total pack, just ahead of the walkers.
No, it wasn’t a Personal Record (and I’ve only done one other 5k, which I finished about 30 seconds faster.)
No, I’m not in better shape because my running has been sporadic and my weight has gone up since that 5k last thanksgiving.
No, I haven’t been training heavily for it because this Wilmington 5k was an opportunity discovered the day before.
But despite all that… all that was working against me… I finished, and finished proudly. It was good practice, it was not beyond my abilities. And I couldn’t have done this race two years ago. No way. Ive overcome a lot to get this far with a running hobby that a 6’5″ guy with flat feet and bad ankles should ever have been able to achieve. And I’m going to do more.