It’s Not a Love Story

by Sandra Foyt on June 5, 2011

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freihofers-2011I caught up to Kristi Gustafson at the Freihofer’s Run for Women long enough to commiserate over our shared “hatred” for running, and for Jennifer Gish.

Jennifer Gish, as you might recall, is the Times Union writer who headed our team in the Freihofer’s Training Challenge. Thanks to her, I was chugging my way though the 5K race, running more than walking all the way. But I wasn’t happy about it.

Running the Freihofer’s was like childbirth: I cursed – in my head – every step of the way. Pain from an injured foot and bursting bladder overshadowed the encouragement from the sidelines. The new strength I had gained from training seemed to disappear after the first mile marker. Worst of all were the head games where I battled myself over whether or not I would quit before the end.

Like childbirth, I was intensely grateful to make it to the finish line. And after a day of R&R, I’m looking forward to running again. Maybe the next 5K will be the one where I run without walking. It just gets better from here. That’s what all those experienced runners tell me, and I’m pretty sure it’s not the runner’s high talking.

So, thank you, Jennifer Gish, for your role in helping me get to the Freihofer’s Run for Women, and for leading me to a healthier and stronger path. I don’t hate you or running at all.

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Albany Mommy June 6, 2011 at 6:34 am

Nice job! Congrats on making it to the end.

Obi-Mom Kenobi June 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

We REALLY need to do one of these together because I am right there with you (mentally cursing all the while). The iPod helps, but I still sing the “I hate running in the Springtime. I hate running in the Fall” song in my head nearly the entire time. Thankfully, I run past a minor league ball field each time which keeps me going – good ‘scenery’ to take my mind off things for a few minutes and yet another motivation not to stop and pathetically flop the ground: shameful pride is a powerful motivator at times.

Sandra Foyt June 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm

LOL! I need me some of that ‘scenery!’ Now my mind is in the gutter, thanks!

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