Change Is Hard

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Crim smiles


Saturday I ran my 14th or 15th Crim. It’s a road race in Flint Michigan, a fundraiser for Special Olympics. Every year 10,000 runners descend on a small city that usually doesn’t see much action. I figured it was the biggest smile in my week, so I’ll share here how it all went.

I haven’t run this race since 2012. I haven’t run much of anything since then, but I’ve missed my runner friends, the camaraderie, the connection of training together, even if we could only share our stories via email or Facebook.

So in January I registered for the race, figuring if I paid good money I’d be sure to get out and get the miles in. I started with just 2 or 3 miles at a time, adding more miles each week, until last week I had a decent 10 mile run/walk at my favorite park.

And then suddenly it was here. All those runs over all those months would have to be enough to get me through.

Friday afternoon a running friend came to my house to spend the night. We planned to meet other friends at the Expo where we would pick up our shirts and numbered bibs.

My running partner Betty arrives at the expo.

And do a little shopping. All I bought were a few gels and a fanny bag to carry my phone during the race. Then we all went out to eat our pre-race meal.

Betty and her husband decide what to order.

It was so nice to catch up with good friends. We haven’t all seen each other in a long time. I sort of wished we could just do this part and skip the whole running 10 miles thing.

The morning of the race we got up at 5, rubbed the sleep from our eyes and tried to get motivated. It was 52 degrees (11.11 C) outside. Perfect.

Early morning wait.

We arrived in downtown Flint before dawn, and sat in the car chatting. Soon it was time to go meet the rest of our friends, in front of a bank where once upon a time I was a branch manager. That was several lives ago; now the building is condos.

Ready to go!

They had the start area sectioned off for people who ran different speeds. Two of my friends and I went to wait in our section, very near the back of the pack based on our projections of a slow finish time.

Standing at the back of the pack.

It was pretty much a party back there.

Still plenty of people behind us.

At 8 a.m. they began releasing the runners, section by section. We finally began our race at 8:20.

Ready to go!

We started out slow, slow enough to smell the roses…or the zinnias.

Pretty planting.

There was plenty of cool stuff for us to look at along the way,from murals…

Kinda how I felt during mile 2.

…to vintage cars.

Lots of old cars parked along the route.

Even reading the backs of people’s shirts was fun.

“If found on ground please drag to finish line.”

Lots of people came out to support us at water stations…

Water and popsicles.

…and just sitting in chairs ringing cowbells or clapping.

Cowbells ringing.

There were frat guys passing out beer, and there were mimosas available at this table.

Yum, but not today.

But all I ever took was water. Even though it was still very cool for August I knew I had to keep drinking water. I tried to take cups of water from the kids that were handing them out, they got such a kick out of passing them out.

We saw lots of cool things.

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Along the way we ran through an old neighborhood with beautiful homes…

Beautiful old homes.

…and lots of shade.

Lovely shade.

There was several musical groups too, from this jazz group…

Great music.

to high school bands.

Great kids.

The Bradley Hills, at mile 5 were just has tough as always.

Climbing what feels like endless hills.

But eventually we made it around the last corner; we could see the finish line.

Almost there.

The last few blocks are run on the old red brick road of downtown Flint. Treacherous footing at best and we all know to be careful. But still, I managed to catch a toe on a bump and down I went, face and right hand taking most of damage. I was only 2 blocks from the finish.

Medical teams wanted to take me off the course but I insisted on finishing.

The swag.

Then I went to the medical tent. Doc there said I dislocated my little finger. I ended up going to the ER where xrays showed it was broken at the base.


But I’m still smiling because it was a great race! Perfect weather, great friends.

Could have skipped that last little bit though.

Still smiling

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

24 thoughts on “Crim smiles

  1. Finished with a flourish! In spite of your fall, you did it, Dawn! And took pictures along the way?! I love this. The backs of the T-shirts are a riot. Hope you mend quickly.

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  2. Ouch, what a way to finish the “race”! Glad you finished and had a good time along the way (excepting that part near the end). A nice smile.

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  3. Congrats on finishing the race, despite the spill along the way! Does that mean you’re sidelined from band for a while?? I hope not because I know you’d hate that. Such a lovely day for a run/walk, and I’m thrilled so many folks turned out for a good cause. Impressed that you managed to get such good photos from it, too!

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  4. Congratulations Dawn. I ran my last race two years ago and I miss it. I also took a fall at the beginning of the summer but not from running. Didn’t break anything but the swelling pinched a nerve and the pain was pretty awful. Hope you heal quickly.

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  5. Whoo Hoo! You did it. You finished the race!

    Maybe you could play something like the triangle, until you healed enough to go back to the clairnet.

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  6. Although the last little bit did add to the story.

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  7. What a trooper to finish despite the injury!! I hope it heals fast- and am glad it was not your arm, which is what I thought when I saw the photo.

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  8. Who do I talk to about a revised ending to the story! ? It was going so well!

    Sorry that you had a tumble, but it sounds as if the energy of the day carried you over the finish line, into and out of emerge and home to the keyboard, all on a high. Well done, Dawn.

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  9. I cringed when I read about your fall. Didn’t you have a recent injury to your wrists/hands? I hope you heal quickly. You should get an extra medal for pushing through the pain to finish the race. Take goid cars of yourself, Dawn.

    Katie: Give your mama some extra love!


  10. Brava! For running, for finishing, and for mostly surviving your tumble. Hope you heal rapidly to run again.


  11. What a great event with so much local support!!! I hope your finger heals without the need for surgery, so nothing gets in your way for training for next year’s Crim race!


  12. Oh, I was so enjoying your story until the end there. A broken finger? That’s just wrong and unnecessary and ridiculous. On the other hand you finished the race and the photo of the oldsters ringing the cowbells has made my morning.


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  14. I’m in awe of your commitment to running – and finishing! I hope your pinky heals quickly so you can get back to playing your instrument.


  15. Ouch, ouch, ouch! I wondered what happened. I hope you heal quickly and well. Good job finishing!


  16. Congratulations on finishing the race!!

    And so sorry about the fall. I read the post after this one first and said, “oh no, she must have fallen during the race.” So easy to do especially after a long run. Hoping you heal fast and get good news from the surgeon.


  17. Looks like a wonderful race.


  18. Good for you for finishing! Heal fast.


  19. Ouch, glad it wasn’t worse and that you finished the race!


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