It’s really July 2007. Shhhh. But I’m making my Blog into a book…it’s slow work and it may never be done, but I realized I don’t have documentation of the first Turtledash in here. And now I will.
I’m not a fast runner. I started running in college as part of training for Crew. (We rowed boats, up and down the snake river- I wasn’t very good at that either).
After college I kept running. In October of 2003 I participated in my first organized run the Great Columbia Crossing 10k. In December of 2003 I participated in my first half marathon. The Seattle Half Marathon I continued to participates in runs throughout 2003 until at the end of May I found myself…Knocked up.
So I didn’t run for a while. Like nine months. Or more. When I began my training again, I was nervous. Never a strong runner I was worried about getting back into shape both birth. I wanted to a Half Marathon again but was afraid that it would be a waste of money.
And speaking of money. I was now a SAHM and no longer had disposable income. Disposable diapers? Check. But income? Not so much.
And then it came to me, brilliantly.
I would start my own Run. And it would end at my house, where the food and beer was. It was brilliant! And I would call it..The Turtledash (too obvious? did you see it coming?) because my friends Slow and Steady wins the day. If not the race.
And my goal was to finish.
And the Turtledash was born. That first year I was only able to
bribe talk five others into the run.
Talia and Keith, My sister and her roommate all showed up. And of course they all beat the pants off me. The stinkers. But that made me the first official Turtle of the Turtledash. I managed to talk my sister into designing the official Turtledash shirts. Awesome? No?
I wasn’t able to talk The Man into running but someone has to stay home with the baby, apparently. And man the barbecue and beer. We ate well that day I tell you. You should come next year!
Having the finish line be at the end of your driveway? Priceless.