I belong to a running club that had a bunch of entrants in the Coeur d’Alene Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K today in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I spent the morning cheering, taking pictures, and wondering if it’d be shabby to eat and drink refreshments intended for the runners.
I was very surprised that the women’s overall champion was someone I knew. Jacqueline Post of Spokane Valley, Washington, finished first in 3:17:26.4. I was very happy for her and offered my congratulations as she rested and received precautionary treatment after the race.
Jacqueline and I are members of the Flying Irish Running Club. After returning home, I remembered that a couple years ago, I often finished ahead of Jacqueline on our group runs. If she’s a marathon champion, yet I could finish ahead of her, that makes me a champion.
In a hastily arranged ceremony, I presented the above award to myself. It was very moving, and the words were difficult to find as I gave an acceptance speech.
It’s so satisfying to be recognized for great work. I wore my ribbon the whole evening and then stored it away until my next outstanding performance.