Finisher’s T-shirt


Best T-shirt ever!
The official finishers T-shirt of the Hawaii Pacific Health Women's 10k. I've been waiting to earn one of these for more than two years!

Today I’m wearing this awesome T-shirt because I joined nearly 2,000 women last weekend to do the 35th annual Hawaii Pacific Health Women’s 10k. Did I mention what an awesome T-shirt I got? It’s a finisher’s shirt. Get it: FINIS HER! I hope other event organizers start designing shirts as fun and functional as this one!

I stepped on the elevator at work  and a colleague said, “Cool T-shirt! I’m wearing mine, too!” I asked how she did and I found out that my time was faster than hers (yay, me!). She didn’t ask my time, so I didn’t say anything about it. But I did say that I hoped there were more of us wearing the shirt.

You must know by now what a huge journey I’ve been on for the last two years. I am so grateful that I can do more than walk. This year I’ve been in two 5ks, an 8k and a 10k. Next up is a 10k, a short (by well-trained athletes’ standards) triathlon, a metric century, and a half marathon. In the summer I am planning on being in an ocean-swim series, and another triathlon. In the fall I’ll be in a Honolulu Marathon readiness series, and a few days before my birthday, I’ll run that marathon. Well, I hope I run it!

My goal so far is to never walk during these races. So far I haven’t. That isn’t to say that my running might be slower than someone else’s walking. I do wonder if I’ll be able to keep that promise to myself during the last race I plan to participate in this year. Will I be strong, healthy, fit, and thinner? Will I be a better athlete than I am now?

This week has been the exception to my training schedule. Bad weather has kept me from venturing out for my swims and runs, and I may be looking at a second weekend in a row without riding my bike. The horrors! I know I cannot lose everything in one week, and I’ll go to 24-Hour Fitness Hawaii Kai over the weekend if the power stays on. I’m ready to ask John to set up my spare bike on a trainer just so I can spin, which I love to do!

This week’s reduced workout schedule has resulted in my getting to bed earlier than usual and more sound sleeping. I find that to be quite comforting. Now that the weekend is here, I’m ready to go!


By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.

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