Father’s Day 8k Race report

Last Sunday I participated in the second annual Father’s Day 8k sponsored by Georgetown Running Company. The race commenced at 6:30 pm under the Key Bridge on the Capital Crescent Trail. It was familiar grounds in forgotten weather. It slipped my mind just how hot DC gets during the summer. I was forced to stop and walk three times; something I have never ever done in any race. 
4.97 miles. 53:03
Full results here
Awful. Awful.
My spirit would have been crushed had it not already been withered by the heat.
I went home, showered, and collapsed into bed. I fell asleep thinking how, day in and day out, I can be so bad at doing something, and yet love it so much.  It was a surprisingly comforting thought.
“That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve: which could not happen unless we had commence with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light.”

-Albert Pike 

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer and a mother of three from Raleigh, NC. She writes for national and local publications about lifestyle, travel, books, and of course, motherhood! Her most current project involves illustrating and publishing a children’s Hindi book. When not adventuring with her family in the minivan, you can find her riding the streets of Raleigh on her beloved bike Linus.

One thought on “Father’s Day 8k Race report

  1. Perspective perspective perspective…. The following quote says it all: “I fell asleep thinking how, day in day out, I can be so bad at doing something, and yet love it so much. It was a surprisingly comforting thought.” What you said qualifies Albert Pike's quote perfectly. I love it..I love it!!!!


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