Friday, November 27, 2015

Genie’s First Race ~ TheThanksgiving Gobble Wobble 5K

Walked My Race ~ Smile on Face  

"Keep your dreams alive.  Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hardwork, determination, and dedication.  Remember all things are possible for those who believe."
~Gail Divers                                        

After years of sitting on the sidelines waiting for Buddy to complete his races, I decided it was time for me to at least walk in one for the fun of it. Every Thanksgiving Day, Lexington has the Gobble Wobble 5K thru the streets of old Lexington. It was a crisp 50 degrees when it al began.
There were around 375 people registered for the race today, but most of us walked. The runners flew by us on they way to the finish line by the time we got to the top of the first hill.

#325 and #326 

My head was so cold that I put on one of those funky round thingies Bud gets at the races in his goodie bag and one of his hats. This was taken by a friend just before the race began.

Of course, Buddy had to have his picture taken with the Turkey...

Then we were off up one of the many hills I got to huff and puff on.

When we went by the Lexington Fire Department, they had a huge American flag hanging from the top of one of its tall ladders. Now, only in Lexington would you see something like this. It was great.

 Washington and Lee University Blue Bikes
Check Out ~ Lock Up

I saw some beautiful color along the route.

In the distance is the steeple of the old Robert E. Lee Episcopal Church. 

Ann Smith School where Buddy attended 1st-3rd Grades.
Now it is a frat house at Washington and Lee
Thank goodness they saved this beautiful historic building.

Main Street with Virginia Military Institute on hill in the far distance.

After walking and huffing and puffing up and down all over the city, we finally hit our last hill. In front of us are 2 of the volunteers just behind the end-of-the-race police car. He had to tell Bud and me two different times to move over to the far right so the cars could get by...that they has reopened the streets. Shucks...there were still people behind us trying to finish and not trip on the jagged sidewalks.

Burr Datz...aka Santa
Burr was a volunteer standing at the last turn to cheer us on to the finish.
I taught his daughter, and she was a leader in one of my first student groups
that I took to England. He kept yelling...”Genie, Genie”...telling me I could make it. In turn I teased him saying he looked like the race Santa to me.

Please note John Anderson of Crozet Running...I wore my loud pink shoes you sold me.
They are so good. You definitely hit the nail on the head for me that day. I am convinced they saved my back.FINALLY, I made it. What a relief! My first race...but to really be first walk. 
And Buddy was a real sport to walk along with me.
We really did have a good time. Lots of dogs and strollers, screaming babies, and poop bags. 
It all added to the family atmosphere. We just might do it again :-)

 This is the proof. We made it. Woo Hoo!
And my rotten back survived. Walked carefully, with heel down first 
and then rolling my foot forward and it really did work.
I came home in far better shape that I would have thought I would have.
No medal. No ribbon. Just the knowledge that I did it and actually had a good time.

“There are victories of the soul and spirit.
Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.”
~Elie Wiesel

This post is linked with Scenic Weekends and Six Word Saturday.



  1. it looks like you had so much fun !!!
    congratulations :-)

  2. Hey good for you. You finished, vertically and that is what counts.

  3. Kudos to you, Genie! I bet Buddy was very proud of you. But I smiled when I read "crisp 50°" This time of year that's a heat wave here in Ontario. ;))

  4. Hello Genie, congrats on finishing the Gobble Wobble. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  5. "the knowledge that I did it and actually had a good time" is the best award you could receive. I hope to see you do more 5K's. That is a good distance to do, even around home a couple times a week. Good for you. "Thanks Buddy for the support."

  6. Way to go Genie. Tell Buddy you wold like a GoPro for Christmas.

  7. That looks like fun - congratulations! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  8. Wow you're brave - it probably helped that your hubby was also running!

  9. What a grand achievement Genie. I am smiling here. And so good that your back decided to play the game well too. Terrific photos.

  10. Hallo hallo, you sporty couple! P.

  11. WTGm Genie! That is wonderful that you survived and did not feel worse when you finished.

  12. What a great challenge and you made it! Wonderful experience to walk together and fisnish it.

  13. Good Job lady!!! Looks like it was a fun day! (Pink shoes and all!)

  14. Congratulations on finishing the race. It's been years since I've run these types of races - always so much fun!

  15. Wonderful Genie! This is such a happy post! What a beautiful route too! And it's great you got some shoes that work for you.

  16. Good for you Genie! You took some great photos for us to enjoy. Thank you :)

  17. Great post ... looks like you had a great time!