Jim and I signed up to do the Providence run with the intent of having it be Jim’s first run since the surgery. Unfortunately it did not work out that way. I decided to go ahead and get hurt so it was a 5k walk for us.
The only other time we’ve really walked a 5k was at Disney. So this was a new experience for us. It was a different perspective. The people at the back of the pack are so supportive of the lead runners but also the runners around them. There were quite a few first time runners.
We passed by three women. One was running her first race. She seemed discouraged because she was walking. The other ladies kept telling her that she was out and running today so she should be proud.
And as we crossed the finish and received our medal, I heard one girl exclaim how proud she was to have finished her first race and get her first medal. What a feeling that must be?
The other joy of taking a walk was we got to enjoy the view. After the run, Providence was doing their St Patty’s Day parade. Bands were lined up and playing, clowns were on the route, and bagpipers were piping. The runners were dressed in their most festive green, well most of the runners. The mullet guys looked like they were auditioning for Reno 911.
This race really set the tone for this holiday. Next weekend we won’t be running but enjoying our first St Patrick’s day in Newport.