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2017-10-12 / Editorials

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East Aurora Editor
KATE PELCZYNSKI

MY FAIR LACES — My goals for this year were to be more well-travelled and run a 5K. Saturday, I was able to accomplish the latter.

I ran cross country in high school, but honestly, I was terrible. I hated running and only did it because my friends did. Typical teenage mentality.

Twelve years later, my best friend Liz convinced me to give it another shot, and for the past four months, the two of us have been training like maniacs. One of my favorite places to run is Knox State Park. The hills are perfect for incline training and the woods offer a nice retreat from the sun. It was here that I ran my first mile without stopping, a huge accomplishment for someone who would get winded walking up a flight of stairs.

So Saturday, my friend Liz and I ran in a 5K honoring the victims of Flight 3407. I picked this race because I felt a connection to the tragedy. The plane crashed not far from my house, and I wanted to do my part to honor those who died.

The race went as expected, with a few minor bumps. I had a cheese Danish about an hour before the race — a free birthday reward from a chain restaurant — and around the end of the two-mile mark, I started to feel sick. As I was sprinting towards the finish line, a wave of nausea hit me. I crossed the finish line, violently vomiting my breakfast, while a photographer snapped pictures of my puke-covered mug.

I finished the race with a time of 47:45, not what I was hopping for, but not too shabby for my first 5K in 12 years. This also isn’t my last 5K — less than 24 hours after the race, Liz and I signed up for the Caroler 5K, which will take place right here in East Aurora on Dec. 16.

See you at the finish line, folks.

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