SUPPORTING EACH OTHER
For runners young and old, the 2016 Lake Run was all about 'community'
Kelly Dancey says shes still not a runner, but the Lake Oswego resident certainly looked the part as she crossed the finish line of the Lake Run 5K with friends Chris DeBrine and Holly Haffey.
All three women had participated in a nine-week No Boundaries training program sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports PDX, culminating in Saturdays race through the streets of Lake Oswego.
I have always wanted to be a runner, Dancey says. The idea of tying on my sneakers and walking out of the front door into the sunshine has always appealed to me more than heading to a windowless gym.
She says shed signed up for races before, but it wasnt until she joined the couch-to-5K training program that she found the motivation and inspiration she needed. I quickly became part of a team, she says.
DeBrine agrees. Building endurance and becoming a runner takes effort, she says. We had to all support each other.
As for the race itself, DeBrine says she struggled at Mile 2 and had to even walk a tiny bit. But my running mates Kelly and Holly stuck with me, and crossing the finish line was such a great feeling. Even my usually unfazed teenage daughter was excited for me.
DeBrine says shes signed up for the next No Boundaries session, which starts May 21, to increase her speed and endurance. And as for Dancey?
Im still not a runner, she says, but Im getting there with the help of my friends and coaches who have literally been beside me every step of the way.
Look for lots more photos from the 2016 Lake Run and local results from the event in Thursday's issue of The Review.