Speed Racer-Confessions of an Overweight Dietitian-Day 18

I didn’t really cheat, I was just dazed.  I ran cross country in high school.  I came in last almost every time.  It was a major miracle when I came in second to last.

One hot day, we had a three mile race versus some of the other local Alabama high school teams.  I was wearing my green and gold Butler High School race jersey, shorts, and new sneakers I had just purchased in the hopes that they would somehow improve my race time.

There were about 50 runners including some of the best in the state.  Since I didn’t stand a chance I slid to the back of the pack before we even started.  One of our coaches yelled out “on your mark, get set……go!” and we took off, some of us faster than others.

By the end of the first mile, I found myself completely alone, sure to come in last yet another time.  I slowed down some since it really didn’t matter anyways.  I thought about how scenic the trail was and then my thoughts wandered.  Apparently, I wandered as well, because I suddenly found myself on the edge of a super highway.

Obviously lost I turned around and found the trail again.  I ran for about another half mile when I saw the crowd of people at the finish line.  Strangely, the finish line tape was still stretched across the finish line.  I wasn’t sure what was happening, but I just kept running.  I started running faster, everyone was cheering.  I ran faster than I had ever run in my life, I was exhilarated by the support of the screaming spectators.  I was about to break a high school running record.  Breaking the tape, I raised my arms in the air and then bent over, completely out of breath.

As the cheering died down, my coach came over to me and said, “You didn’t really do that, did you?” and I had to say “No, I think I got lost in the woods and mistakingly found a shortcut.”  At this point, the real winner came in looking confused and my coach ran over to tell the officials what had happened.

That moment in the spotlight was a complete bust, but it gave me the opportunity to feel what winning feels like for just a short moment.

Today’s video, I am the winner in the end.  Have a great day!

Bill

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