Friday, May 13, 2011

Real Encouraging

My sister works at a charter school, and they are doing a 5k run for a fundraiser. So, as part of my general fitness push, my goal has been to run in this 5k race. And I'm not talking just be in the 5k race but walk it most of the way, I mean run the race.

The deadline for pre-registering for the race was today, so I got onto the website and entered my info. Then I went to the bottom to select the race I was registering for. I had my choice between the 5k and the 10k. Now, I know I'm not ready to run a 10k yet. But here's how they had the choices listed for me:
  • Men's 10k
  • Women's 5k
Just what I needed, an unintended dig at how I still don't measure up. Not a real man yet, I can only run in the women's race after all.

You know what, I'm man enough to wear pink if I want to, and I signed up for the women's race. I checked with my brother-in-law who is also running the race and he said that he's doing the 5k as well. We may be the only men out there, who knows, but we'll be emasculated and proud together.


  1. On our Navy base there is a monthly 5k, and there is another group that does a bi-monthly 10k. The 5k has a decent amount of people at it but only a few run the 10k (although there are some who run it in boots, regular camo uniform, and sometimes gear on top of that, we call them crazy). So even though you are only doing the "woman's 5k," know that given the choice most of the military "only" runs a 5k too.

  2. @Tammy Salyer, Thanks. I don't expect to win or anything, but I'd really be proud of myself if I managed to run for the whole time.

    @spaceVulture, thanks for taking the sting out of it. I have huge respect for what military folks are willing to put their bodies through. My brother told me about some of the crap that he had to go through for basic training, and it curled my toes and straightened my short hairs.

    Then there's the folks like my dad and my other brother who were never in very good shape, but when it got close to physical time, suddenly they were out running and training in order to pass muster and remain a part of the service for another year.