Monday Musings–Shocked!

That was the best word to describe my reaction to my daughter telling me that she checked our results in the online Louisville Courier-Journal for the Half Marathon in the Kentucky Derby Festival we walked in Louisville this past Saturday. There were 15,000 competing in both the full marathon (26.2 miles) and the half or mini-marathon. (13.1 miles) Out of 250 in my age group (60-64), I came in 104th with a speed of 16:38 minute mile. And I never jogged, but walked the whole way! My daughter finished a few minutes before me as she jogged the last mile. Then we had to walk a mile or more to and from the hotel, so we logged in over 15 miles that day. The backs of my thighs can attest to that!
The porta-potties left much to be desired, but when we got to Churchill Downs, a lady there told us the bathroom was very clean, so I told Mandy that next time we will make our one pit stop there! She said, “Next time?” I would love to do the walk with my other daughter, too, and maybe even my grandkids someday, so who knows?
We and the other marathoners enjoyed beautiful weather, and beautiful views of the city. I grew up in Louisville which is one of the reasons my daughter suggested we do this race, and I have to say that I think the city is even prettier and cleaner than during my childhood years. Mandy and I saw some familiar sites as we walked–the Science Museum where we enjoyed a sleepover with her Girl Scout troop, the funeral home where both my parents’ visitations took place, the church I attended as a young girl with my deaf grandparents, Churchill Downs and more.
We even got medals at the end! See us in the picture above back in our hotel room after completing the race. My favorite part was sharing this special event with my youngest daughter. Thanks, Mandy, for the memories! And the motivation!
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3 Responses to

  1. Congratulations, dear Rose, to both you and your daughter! That’s quite an accomplishment! My daughter has run the Philly half-marathon, and I’ve been wanting to do a walk with her. Would have to start at a 5K though, I think. :)

    You did great, Rose! :)



  2. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Rose and Mandy!!!!! I am not shocked at all. I knew you would do well. What great memories. I know the grand kids are proud of you too. Enjoy your trip to Fl.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Love the blog entry, mom. I’m so proud of you. You are an inspiration as a mom, writer, and walker :) can’t wait to do our next one?!

    Love you

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