Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ten Years, Ten Reasons





It's official. I made it around the park today, 2 miles at a slow jog. I am training for the Run for the Animals. It is a local 5K/10K that is part of the local Taste of Wheaton. Yes, sadly there is no more Cream of Wheaton—the name has been changed. It is no surprise that I will do the 5K—not the 10K. Grandson Kent—the only grandchild (thus far) that enjoys running will do the 10K.

Every year I wonder, Why I am doing this? So I make a list to remind me. Last year I really had decided to quit but I cannot—not yet.


  1. Because it is a tradition worth keeping. The first time I ever participated in this 5K (any 5K—any run that was more than to the mailbox or the corner) was on the wedding day of my youngest son. I have attempted to participate every year since. He will be married 10 years on June 5th.

  2. The weather has been fantastic!

  3. I have a 20% off coupon for new running shoes at Dick Ponds.

  4. I want to speed up my metabolism. I am participating in a very small, Biggest Loser Challenge with my sisters.

  5. Because I can—praise God! Dr. E. told me that I might not be able to jog again when I broke my leg nine months ago. Granted what I do is not a full out run or even a jog for most people but it is faster than walking—just a bit. I am so happy and thankful to be able to do this!

  6. To encourage my grandkids. I want to help them know that they are only competing against themselves.

  7. Because my walking partner is training and I don’t want her to leave me in the dust. (I know that sounds like a contradiction to #6. Oh well.)

  8. Because I have a practice schedule and it does feel good to cross it off.

  9. Because I have a couple of reunions this June with people that I have not seen for awhile. I don’t want to overhear them saying as I did in a dream lately, “Brenda sure has put on some weight since I last saw her.”

  10. Because I love to hear my hubby say, “I am really proud of you, Babe!” He is my 5K chauffeur, drink holder, picture taker and encourager.


7 comments:

Wanda said...

In the first photo you were even smiling...that makes it even more worth doing!

Donna's Book Nook said...

You go Brenda! It's a good thing I never considered joining you--cause I don't jog or run--just walk fast! I'm proud of you Sis!

Rebecca said...

I'm jealous (in a most sanctified way)! June 5 is OUR wedding anniversary, too. Be sure I'll be thinking of you that day. Is there a prize at the end of the "sisters' competition???"

Brenda said...

We talked about a prize but could not think of a worthy prize. Treating the winner to dinner out just doesn't seem appropriate. We are still thinking . . .

lady m's lavender cottage said...

Wow, yes, you run because you can :)

What an inspiration you are...

How lovely that you stopped by the cottage.

blessings,

lady m

Anonymous said...

You never cease to surprise me!

Mom/Barb said...

Barb just wrote the above!