Running Through an Orchard

I entered my first organized race over the weekend. I had plans of sharing an inspiring story of adrenaline, triumph and afterglow.

Sadly, it was more a conquest of “let’s just do this” and getting by.

It was a 5k/10k race (I opted for 5k), up through the orchards of East Kelowna, and our week of rain finally let up just in time.

Sadly, it was a rough night with the kidlets and by the time 8 o’clock rolled around and the starter horn blared, I felt like I was nursing a bad hang-over.

My body called out to me, “bed, BED! Take me to bed!” My head felt discombobulated from the rest of me.

I staggered about ran for three minutes at a time, alternating that with a two minute walk for the duration of the 5k. And as I walked, well, I snapped a plethora of photos of the beauty around me… which made it all worth the effort.

Everything was so green (thanks to all that rain, I guess), and the view was captivating. I wouldn’t mind running through the orchard more often…

In the end, my time was a miserable 36.12 minutes, which was just fine because I wasn’t in it to win or anything, anyway. And it should be a cinch to beat that next time. Oops! Did I say next time? We’ll see…

Are you a runner? Have you ever entered a 5k, 10k or marathon before? What do you most enjoy about it?

– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier

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  1. Elaine Phillips

    Well done, good and faithful L-A! Yes, I used to be a runner. What did I most enjoy? STOPPING! 😉

  2. I love your honesty on this one. It sounds like an experience I would have had, had I entered an organized run. Now, I don’t have to because your experience has become my own:-)

    Actually, my son (10 years old) and I started running and plan to continue throughout the summer. I need to lose 5 pounds and he needs to gain stamina. We’ll see where we end up by August?

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