Wednesday Word: The Triumphant Runner

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This week’s Word is TRIUMPHANT

This is what it means according to the dictionary:

  • having won a contest; victorious
  • feeling or expressing jubilation after having won a victory or mastered a difficulty
 There are so many ways that this word applies to RUNNING.
When you run a race, you can feel triumphant for a variety of reasons:
  • You came in first. 

I was pulling off chips at this race so I got to see the winner cross the finish line.

It’s never happened to me but maybe you have been or will be this talented.

  • You won your age group.


I have been lucky to win age group awards pretty frequently. I say lucky because it’s easier being in an “old lady” age group. Sometimes, I am the only runner in my age group.  But I still feel “triumphant.”

  • You conquered a new distance.
nhm finish

my first 13.1 miles

I’ll always remember my first 5k, my first 10k, my first 15k and of course, my first half marathon.

  • You overcame an injury.

first run after serious ankle surgery

I am sure we all can relate.  You’ve been injured and you wondered if you could ever run again. Then, you did.

  • You battled difficult weather conditions.

rain, sleet, freezing conditons

Yes, I’ve had to run 3 half marathons in the pouring rain. Running in the heat and humidity is just as difficult.

  • You completed a race even though you were injured.
Runners World 5K

smiling inspite of foot pain

I’ve run two 5ks with a foot stress fracture and one with a broken foot.  Plus, there have been many with blisters and a backache.

  • You ran a difficult course.

conquered those Schenectady hills

  • You achieved a PR.

happy after a 10K PR

PRs don’t come easy.  Even when you train for them, they don’t often happen.  The older you get, the harder they are to achieve.  I savor each one.  You never know, if it will be the last one.

  • You BQed or qualified for a race.

W. Palm Beach Half Marathon

I have never experienced this and since I don’t run marathons, I will not. But I can imagine how awesome it would feel.  I would love to run a sub 2 hour half marathon so I could automatically qualify for the NYC Half marathon.  But I think I will just have to hope that I get in by the lottery system.

I try to choose flat races because I don’t train on hills.  And I suck at them.  So when I do run a race with hills, I feel “bad ass.”

But I think that every single time, I cross the finish line of a race no matter how short or how long or how easy or hard it was, I feel TRIUMPHANT!!

ME on page 2

Happy Running! When do you feel triumphant?


15 thoughts on “Wednesday Word: The Triumphant Runner

  1. I believe every finish line is a victory! I have won my AG a few times (and have placed in the top three even more). Trust me, my ego is in check LOL I know winning/placing feels great, and some of those have been PR’s….but it’s all relative to who ELSE shows up on race day. If I’ve run a good race, it’s a victory no matter how many others finish ahead of me 😉 (What awesome pics!!)


  2. Amen Darlene!! When you cross the line you are triumphant 🙂 I have felt so bad a few times I didn’t feel good about it till the next day lol but in the end good race, bad race, I still ran 13.1 and I know that is a gift. A gift I hope to enjoy again one of these days 🙂


  3. Hello! I just wanted to say how I have enjoyed reading your blog! I am also from the Albany area and have run in many of the same races! I am also supposed to be running the Celebrate Life Half in March, however I have been battling a hip strain, so I haven’t run in almost two weeks but I’m hoping I’ll be able to recover in time! Good luck with your training! After reading running blogs for the past few months, I decided to start one of my own! I would love any tips you may have! Here is the link to my blog!


    • How cool. I hope I get to meet you. Are you taking the ARE bus to the race?

      Good luck with your blog. Bloggers are great people. I’ve learned a lot by reading them.


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