15 Jul '14, 11pm

"In every race, someone has to finish last. It's not a huge embarrassment. In fact, no one cares."

It was the morning of my very first 5K. I was lingering close to the starting line with my husband and two children, watching the other runners prepare. Many of them were warming up by jogging down to the end of the block and back. Some of them were even running sprints, dashing like gazelles to the corner and then loping back to the starting line. I cowered by my family, incredulous. Why were they using up all of their energy now? Wouldn't it take every ounce of their strength just to cross the finish line? Or - and now it dawned on me - was I hopelessly, completely out of my league? At 8:55 a.m. the runners began to gather by the starting line, and I turned to my husband, "Just remember, I might finish last," I said, trying to laugh. He gave me a quick squeeze. "So what?" he said. "We'll be waiting for you at the finish line no matter what." My kids gave me one more hug ...

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