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. 
Splits: 
9:32
9:59
11:23
11:25
11:11
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 based in Raleigh, NC. She writes about everything from travel, food, books, and family. Her current project includes a series of children's books to teach Hindi. She is a native Tar Heel who has also lived in Washington DC and Chicago.

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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