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Out for a Sunday Stroll


In yesterday’s Race Day Recap, I made mention of the walkers.  Now first of all I do need to clarify and say that there have been a few races that I have walked.    In last years Sprint Triathlon, I even did the 3 to 1 Jeff Galloway plan with someone.    I am by no means looking down at walkers.   I am by no means saying that they don’t have a place at races.    I am by no means disputing that they shouldn’t participate as on any given day, I might be one of them.


There is a difference between walking during a race with consideration to those running it and walking during a race not thinking of anyone else.   Yes there are obnoxious runners and I am not disputing that either, but today I want to address the obnoxious walker.   Obnoxious runners can be left to another day.

Here are my tips on how to be a good walker during an actual race where some people are actually running for time.

1.   Start in the proper corral!

The Queens 10K had some spots where the participants were smooshed together on tight paths.    I started in the 10,000 corral, so I am really in the middle.   That being said, I came across walkers by mile 1.   So if you know that you will be walking right away, why not start further back?

2.   This is not a Sunday Stroll

Yes, it maybe to you; but there are actually people who are running it.   Maybe not running it to win as those people start in the very front, but they are still running it.   Maybe this is the race they are going for a PR.    Maybe they have a specific target time in mind.   Maybe they have a specific pace they want to run.   Lots of things that weaving around you slows them down.

I, personally, came across two types of Sunday Strollers.   The first was the friends chit chatting the miles away and the other was a couple holding hands.   Both of these strollers were literally walking IN THE MIDDLE of the course.   Why?    For what purpose?    The couple holding hands I wanted to run right through the middle of them, but weaved around them without confrontation.    Both these groups could easily and should have walked to the side of the course.    And for the love of God, don’t hold hands making it harder for people to get around you!

3.   Be Aware of your surroundings

I know that those following the Jeff Galloway plan have a ratio for their walk to run.   I will say that most of the people following this plan are thoughtful in their transition from run to walk.    But as with anything, there are those not as thoughtful.   Before you transition, please make sure that there isn’t someone behind you who may also be forced to either walk or literally run you over.   Just be aware of who is around you.

There is room in any event for all types of participants from the fastest to the slowest.    We just really need to be considerate of what we are doing and how it will effect our fellow participants.  Again, I am not putting down those that either walk as part of their race plan, those needing a break and walk, or those whose whole plan is to walk the event.   I have been there.   I have walked in a few events, but give your fellow participants a break and just pay attention.

Have you come across the Sunday Strollers?

Be All That You Can BE

I’ve been told recently that I am a competitive person.   It was pointed out that I run the races that I do only because I’m competitive.   I’ve even been told that my cake baking proves that I am competitive because no one spends hours on a cake unless to “show off.”

I’m going to show off now…..




These are birthday cakes that I made for my boys birthday parties.   These were the “family” cakes.

I am proud of them.  i do like to show them off:)

Moving along…..

I, honestly, do not agree with this assessment that I am competitive.  Yes, I like to bake extravagant cakes.   Yes, I like to run all types of races.   Yes, I post it all over the place and am proud of my work and accomplishments.   That being said, I am not a competitive person.  I have a very simple reason how I can prove that I’m not competitive too.

Because although I am decent at cake decorating and I am usually a middle of the packer in my races, the truth of the matter is that if I compare myself to others I will not win.

Now, hold on……

I’m not putting myself, my skills, or anything down.  I’m speaking honestly.   I’m ok with it.   I know that I would never win the next great baker competition.  I also know that I do have some mad skills:)  I know that I will never win any of the races that I enter. I also know that I have come unbelievably far in a short amount of time.  Knowing that there are those who are better than me, doesn’t take away from any of the enjoyment that I get from them.   Not in the least.  It might even allow me to enjoy them more than those that are always trying to prove themselves because if you are always looking at what someone else is doing you are missing out on what you are doing..

There is NOTHING wrong with being a middle of the packer.

With anything.

As I tell my boys, the only thing that you can do in life  is to try your hardest.   I give whatever I do 100%.   The only person that I ever compete with is myself.   All I want to do is push MY limits.   Do the best that I CAN do.   If you waste your energy comparing yourself to everyone else that leaves very little time to see what you can accomplish.

It’s ok not to be in the front of the pack.

It’s ok not to win.

Just remember that the only person that you are really competing with is yourself.

The Army got it right….

Be All That You Can Be

Every Day.

In every part of your life.

Unless your Shirley McClain, you only live once.

So you might as well give it your all:)


Lastly, I just want to say that I am not putting anyone down who is competitive.   It’s just not my nature:)

Are you competitive?