Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Limerick of Grand Proportions


I decided to be a Grand Slammer,
My foot struck like a hammer.
Overweight and undertrained,
Enthusiasm mostly feigned,
A 40-year-old Grand Slammer.

Marathon one in Ogden was rough,
I was lacking the right mental stuff,
When it was done,
I didn’t want a rerun.
One 5:38 was enough!

Utah Valley was wet and wild,
But through the rain I smiled.
Ran a 4:54 PR,
Thought, “I need a celebratory cigar!”
Under SUCCESS, this one is filed.

Park City came and went,
With anger I did vent.
Stranded, you see,
Across the sea,
I missed the whole event.

Top of Utah was going great,
‘Til mile 20’s locked iron gate.
No more downhill,
And lacking the will,
Another sad 5:38.

St. George was last and long,
“Too hot!!” was everyone’s song.
How could 5:23
Produce such glee?
Because the accomplishment is lifelong!

The long and short of this story,

To a fit, skinny runner sounds gory.
But I got it done,
Even had some fun!
And five shiny medals are my glory.

12 comments:

Kristen said...

Enjoyed your clever rhyme! I'm not sure if you're crazy or completely sane in signing up for such a feat, but you did it and that is AMAZING! Congrats on setting and accomplishing such a lofty goal. You are my running Sensai and I appreciate all of your good advice these last couple years. You're awesome!

(BTW- wanted to sign up for next year's Ogden Half and it sold out in 5 days. I didn't get in. I am so bummed! Any suggestions of other fun races in the spring? I loved the help of gravity down Ogden Canyon!)

Beverly said...

You deserve to be proud of this accomplishment Rita. I think a 5K would be my marathon.

Jana said...

Deets, you are amazing! Congrats on reaching your goals. And I love your poetic streak you inherited from your sweet & funny daddy --very clever indeed!!

Mandy said...

You are AMAZING.....simply AMAZING!

Deanna Quinton Larson said...

blow me down! woman, you amaze me!!

Rockelle said...

You are so cool Rita, I wish I had your motivation!

SarahLeavitt said...

I'm so proud of you Rita. That is a marvelous accomplishment. Our daughter, Adrianne is a runner too and I can't figure out for the life of me where she got that desire. It certainly wasn't in-bred!!! But your limerick....now THAT did come naturally! That is so Curtis!!!! And now SO YOU! Love you....

Barb said...

My Deets, always have been always will be my hero. I love you.

Janelle said...

You are AMAZING!!! Congratulations on doing 5 marathons!!! I can't even imagine doing 1 let alone 5??? Wear your medals with PRIDE!!!

Katie said...

Rita, you are so funny! Seriously I laughed out loud all by myself reading this... all the while thinking what a fabulous and admirable woman you are! You are truly inspirational!

Amy and Brad said...

You are amazing!

Wayne and Stephanie Carter said...

...oh...now I get it...I thought you ate 4 grand slam Dennys' breakfast specials! ROCK ON!I'm your #1 fan.