And it’s ‘Always Dreaming’ for the win at the 143rd Kentucky Derby, the fastest two minutes in sports! I can’t think of a more appropriate name for a race horse, can you?
Before I go off topic this week and since this is the Weekly Wrap, here’s what my workouts looked like this week:
- Monday: 4.5 mile run
- Tuesday: Rest
- Wednesday: 7 mile run
- Thursday: 16 miles on the indoor bike (b/c I had to listen to more S-town!)
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: Magnolia Meltdown 10k (Recap coming soon)
This wraps up week 8 of half marathon training leaving me with 4 more weeks until Utah Valley Half! I’m so excited and can’t wait to meet those of you who will be there! The run/walk intervals are working well for me although, I will admit that I’m still skeptical that I will actually be able to run 13 miles with these orthotics. As of right now, 6 miles seems to be the magic mile where they start to bother me. I may ditch them for the half …we’ll see.
Now, back to ‘horse talk’ ….
I read a little bit about the history of Always Dreaming and found that in his first season of racing, he placed 3rd and 2nd at Belmont and Saratoga, no wins. His new trainer decided that he would benefit from a short break. This time off would prove to be beneficial. He won the next three races he ran and followed that up with his win on Saturday at the Derby.
Why am I telling you all of this, you might ask? Well, first of all, I have always had a fascination with the Kentucky Derby and attending it has been a dream of mine since childhood. Second, I think we can all take away a valuable lesson from this horse …..sometimes we all just need a little ‘time off’, a break, from what we love. Maybe it’s to recover from an injury, maybe it’s to mature a little or maybe we’ve matured ‘too much’ and need to find our new place in running and racing. (as in my case) I’ll be completely honest, every time I’ve ever had to take a break from running, I’ve always feared I’d never make a comeback ….yet, I always have. Sure, as I’ve aged, my comebacks haven’t brought me faster times and race trophies, but they have brought me confidence in knowing that with determination and a little hard work, I can continue to do what I enjoy ….albeit a little slower. That’s okay, slower makes it easier to take in the scenery!
The owner of Always Dreaming said that she gave him this name because she’s always been a dreamer and she says that she will name his first foal “Keep on Dreaming”. I love that! Isn’t that exactly what we all need, in every aspect of our lives? …we need to keep the dream alive, in us, in our children, in our communities and in our world.
In 2013, after a year deployment in Afghanistan, Major Hubs and I fulfilled one of my childhood dreams by attending the Kentucky Derby. It was every bit as exciting and steeped in rich tradition as I had dreamed it would be. Although it rained throughout a good portion of the day, it cleared up about 90 minutes before the horses took their post and after hearing the famous bugler ‘Call to Post’, announcement of ‘Riders Up’ and singing ‘My Old Kentucky Home’, we watched Orb come from behind to win the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. I still get chill bumps thinking about it.
Here’s a few fun hat pictures ….you see everything from classy and elegant to totally tasteless! And unless you get invited to a VIP room, you’ll see a lot of tasteless.
Mint Julep anyone? This one was mostly bourbon with the biggest ‘sprig’ of (wilted) mint I’d ever seen!
The paddock area …watching the jockeys and horses heading to the track.
Race time! Over 151,000 in attendance …absolutely amazing!
Orb comes from behind to win by 2 1/2 lengths!
While the weather may not have been ideal for a horse race, any day is a perfect day when you make a dream come true! So, whatever you’re dreaming of ….set out to make it a reality. If you haven’t already, sit down with pen and paper and make a bucket list then proceed to check them off, one by one. Whether you’re dreaming of traveling the world, seeing the Northern Lights, or embarking on an African Safari …start planning, start saving, do whatever it takes to make your dream a reality. If your dream is to run your first marathon or your 20th, become an Ironman or to simply run your first 5k, start training and do whatever it takes to cross that finish line. We only get one shot at this crazy, beautiful adventure called life …make it count, enjoy it and appreciate every step of the way!
I’m linking up with Tricia and Holly for their Weekly Wrap. Thank you ladies for hosting this fabulous link up which allows many of us to find the encouragement and motivation needed to reach our goals and dreams. Be sure to read as many of the other blogs linked up as well …there are so many inspiring ladies out there and you never know who will have just the right words that you need to hear this week!