Tuesday, February 10, 2009

YES we CAN (and did!)!

Well, although I thought I was going to DIE running in the school marathon today (my first race ever), I MIRACULOUSLY not only FINISHED, but I also wasn't last! In fact, I placed 1st among the female teachers who ran!
To be fair, though, I was also the only female teacher to run, but...details, details.

Here I am with some of the ichinensei girls (~10th graders) after our race. When we were finished running, we cheered the boys on as they ran their race.
(look - I'm even vertical and not some shade of green!)

Towards the end of the boys' race, I got the ninensei here to do an impromptu "Yes, we can!" cheer. It took a few tries, but I finally got a pic with the girls in the back jumping up yelling "can!"

I never thought I could take up running, and I'm by no means good at it, BUT it amazes me what one can accomplish by just continuing to put one foot in front of the other.

It was really nice to have people cheering me on along the way, too :) Thanks!


Penquin said...


After all those early morning, cold, wet, "my body is sore", "I don't want to get out of bed" training runs ~ ~ ~ nothing beats that feeling of accomplishment you have after crossing the finish line!!!

Big Hug T....I've very proud of you!!!


Cara said...

Wow! I had no idea you were running a marathon!! Nothing like starting with the biggie...

Congratulations on your accomplishment. Although I do question your sanity... ;-p

Anonymous said...

Tracey---Just think of all the American ideas and slogans you have taught your Japanese students. You are certainly doing your part to unite the world!! Congratulations on your marathon---guess it's true you never know what you can accomplish until you try. Happy Valentine's Day. Keep smilin' Love, Csthy

Tracey said...

Well, Cathy, keep sending those DELICIOUS Valentine cookies, and I'll HAVE to keep running! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! (I'm just glad it's not Lent yet, since I'm giving up chocolate).
And to set the record straight - notice I didn't say that I ran 'A' marathon - meaning 26 miles - I ran in 'THE' school marathon - which was, thankfully only 4.2K for the girls - but I never thought I'd be able to keep running more than 100m, so 4.2K is a good start!