First (over a certain age) to cross the finishing line!

“Keep going…. you’re the first older person to finish!” Sweet words to hear as I huffed and puffed my way towards the end of the 5km.

Obviously meant to encourage me, these sweet words spurred me on to the finishing line with a bit more gusto! I don’t consider myself old but when I looked around at the handful of finishers, I did indeed notice that I was older than all of the others, by a good ten years at least.  Instead of taking offence at these comments, I revelled in being the first over a certain age to finish the local Fun 5.

I told my children the good news, I shared it on Facebook, then at work a few days later I reran the whole race with my much younger work colleagues – in fact I told anyone who’d listen! Now I’m telling you as well 🙂

Did I mention that I was proud of my efforts? You see I’ve not been running very long and am very easily pleased when I do something like this.  I like the fact that my training runs and walks have paid off and I can run – I’m actually really surprised!

Our town is very small and the Fun 5 attracted over 100 people of all ages and fitness levels. Many walked, ran, pushed prams, walked their dogs, talked with friends and were out to enjoy the beautiful autumn day. We need these sorts of events to get people outside, to be more active, to mix with others and to push themselves out of their comfort zone. The local gym were the organisers and it was also a fundraiser for a group of high school students and their leaders who have been training since last September to walk the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in the next few days.  They walked with their full packs on and chatted to everyone about their impending trip of a lifetime. There were a few runners who were very serious and ran the whole way, very fast.  It was 5km down the hill, around the park and then back up the hill – I ran when I could and walked in between.

The fact that I’d had a sore back earlier in the week, (which made me wonder if I’d even be able to walk, let alone run), made my time slower that I would have liked but on the whole I’m very happy with myself.  Officially I was credited to being the first in the Open category 🙂

I can run and smile at the same time!

I can run and smile at the same time!

Thanks to the sponsor and photographer Kris Daley for this photo of me powering back up the hill.  My daughters will not be surprised that I have a smile on my face, as I’m well known for my Debbie smile whenever a camera is pointed anywhere in my direction. (Not everyone has a smile named after them!)

I have a long way to go in the running stakes but I’m out there giving it a go!  I’d love to hear from you if you are a runner or can relate to my story in some way.

Deb 🙂


  One thought on “First (over a certain age) to cross the finishing line!

  1. April 3, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Reblogged this on My body is a work in progress and commented:
    I am still a work in progress and I’m actually going OK. Here’s a story on my recent fun run.


  2. April 3, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Good job! I ran once upon a time but I know for sure I was never first at anything related to running! Congratulations on getting out there and representing us ‘older’ people! 🙂

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    • April 3, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      My pleasure Dawn! I’ll keep going as long as I can 🙂


  3. rockmom71
    April 4, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Congrats! Must be a proud accomplishment!

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  4. April 4, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    A first in your category is awesome. Well done.

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  5. April 4, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Congratulations Debbie Smile! Love the name.
    And arriving 1st!! It’s a huge accomplishment considering back pain, etc. you’d have done even better. Way to go!

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    • April 4, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks Lucile! I’m pretty chuffed with myself. I’m aiming to continue to get better and faster at it. There’s no stopping me now 😊


  6. April 5, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Congrats to you!! It’s not about how fast we are its about getting out there. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 6, 2015 at 6:47 am

      That’s a great way of looking at it Sue – thanks for the reminder!

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  7. April 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Congrats Debbie, that’s fantastic! You look so effortless in that photo too! I hope you’re rewarding yourself with a chocolate bunny today 😜

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  8. April 19, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Good job! I am getting ready for my first 10k trail run next month. It will be my first race ever. I am so nervous but excited at the same time.Your post has me inspired……

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    • April 19, 2015 at 6:50 am

      That’s great Laura! I would love to move up to 10km but just don’t think I’m ready for it yet. All the best for your run next month, I look forward to hearing all about it.

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  9. April 6, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Way to own and take pride in your accomplishments!!! ❤ You have a vibrant soul that I'm happy to look up to!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. April 6, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Good for you Debbie! I don’t run but I enjoy walking- my friend has started running seriously and will be entering her first event later in the year 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 6, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Linda! I love walking too but sometimes I just have to run. It’s not pretty I can assure you but it’s fun and I feel good when I’m out there, on my own in the forest, where usually no-one can see me 🙂 I don’t enter too many runs but I enjoy the change of atmosphere when I do. All the best to your friend. 🙂


  11. Rebecca Jo
    April 6, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I think running & crossing a finish line – first or last, it a HUGE accomplishment! & smiling while running is an even bigger one 😉 haha

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    • April 6, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Thanks so much for realising this was a great accomplishment for me – the smiling as I was running I mean!! Really appreciate you stopping by and making me smile 🙂


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