Rick Herr finished the 10K on July 4th in 35:32. My son, 24 years old, so aptly stated, “Hey Mom, an old guy won the race.” To me, 47 isn’t so old, but I have to admit, I was a little surprised. Nathan Valarde, 19 years old, took second place in 37:09. On the women’s side, 18 year old Kylie Nishisaka won in 39:11 with 39 year-old Missy Goode taking second in 41:18—more typically what is expected.
JJ and I decided to start our July 4th holiday bright and early by running the YMCA Run In The Parks 10K in Laguna Niguel, California. This is a great course in the regional park traversing through the trees and trails and around a beautiful lake. For me, this race was a little more significant that just running for fun. This was the last race I ran in my current age group of 55 – 59. On July 31st, I enter a new age group—60 – 64. Uhgggggg. Well, that’s my first reaction, but I’ll have more to say on that subject in my next blog post.
Suffice it to say for now, that JJ and I had a great time at the race with both of us winning third place in our age groups, despite having to stop and tie my shoe in the middle of the race. I can’t say that has ever happened to me before. I crossed the finish line in 54:03—pretty much on marathon pace. At this moment, I can’t imagine running a marathon at that pace, but that’s my goal—and I’m sticking to it. JJ finished in 46:30 with no training. Just think what he could do if he trained… But now I sound like a Mom.
But I digress. Congratulations to the “old guy” who ran the race and beat the 19 year-old “kid” to come in at first place. I saw Rick Herr as he looped past me. I saw the determination on his face. I’ll watch for him next year, when he’s 48 and I’m well….
I hope you all had a fun and safe holiday. The summer’s in full swing now. Let’s break some barriers together!
Book Note: Yes, I’m going to finish that book! I’m in my final rewrite. Meanwhile, I recorded and produced an audio CD, HOW TO NEVER BE UNEMPLOYED—Featuring The Ten Keys To Writing A Resume That Gets Interviews and I’m about to finish my second audio CD THE NINE KEYS TO EFFECTIVE INTERVIEWING—Learn The Most Important Secret To Getting The Job. Both CD’s and MP3 downloads will soon be available on my (soon to be live) website. www.doloreslara.com.