walking 2OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/12/13)-- Well, I still wouldn’t call myself a runner.

Not yet, anyway.

After much icing, wrapping, medicating, and soul searching, I decided not to run in the Glow in the Park marathon on Saturday. Despite how much I wanted to run, mother’s orders told me not to.

So, when I got to Yellow Creek Park on Saturday night, needless to say I wasn’t in the best mood. I saw all the experienced runners stretching to warm up and slowly migrating to the start line. That should’ve been me, I thought to myself bitterly.

Something changed, though, when I started walking up to start line. I guess somewhere between hearing a pumped-up Black Eyed Peas song and putting on a glow-stick necklace and bracelet set, I realized that it could be fun. There was just something about being in a group of more than a thousand walking and running for a good cause, that made me change my attitude about the whole experience.

As I walked to the back of the line, I noticed just how excited everyone was just to be a part of the night’s festivities. When I heard the gun to release the runners and walkers, I felt just as excited as I would’ve been if I were running. Even though I was walking, I still got to experience the foam pits and being smothered in glow-in-the-dark paint and powder. By the end of the race, I felt accomplished.

New Beginnings, the sponsor of the Glow in the Park Run, was also very pleased with the outcome of the race.

“We were really pleased with the numbers,“ Karla Ward, Director of New Beginnings, said. “Overall for the first one, there weren’t too many glitches.”

Someday, I’ll get my chance to run. Well, in three to four weeks when my ankle heels and I am given the ‘okay’ to start training again, I can start thinking about running again. This was just my first 5k, and there will be hundreds more in my lifetime. I will run the whole length of a 5k to show my stamina, athleticism, and drive, but it may have to be in the distant future. I’ve become okay with that. Someday, I will be able to call myself a runner…just not today.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

May 22, 2015 7904

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 7896

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 6631

VIDEO: Sparks Fly Over Hanson Rezoning Issue

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 28, 2015 4266

Four Charged with Burglary for Entering Elderly…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 3749

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10974

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 7904

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 27, 2015 6631

VIDEO: Sparks Fly Over Hanson Rezoning Issue

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 28, 2015 4266

Four Charged with Burglary for Entering Elderly…

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 3474

Midnight Ride on Rabbit Ridge Ends in Jail

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 2742

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - May 27, 2015

by Crime Stoppers
May 28, 2015 1267

Greenville Man Charged with Rockport Robbery,…

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 1207

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released - May…

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 1123

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – May 27,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
May 27, 2015 1123

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 28, 2015 1075

Livingston Street, Hanson Rezoning Request…

by SurfKY News
May 28, 2015 845

Teens Injured When Vehicle Crashes into Tree

by SurfKY News