A Sore Loser


On Friday morning, after logging nine and a half miles the day before, I sprung out of bed, threw on my running shoes, and dashed out the door. I just broke the 20-mile marker, and I was determined to put The Challenge behind me…so I was going to finish the nine and a half miles to win the race.

Or so I thought.

Many thanks to Justin Timberlake, Incubus, Jamiroquai, Nelly Furtado, Michael Jackson, and many other musicians to helped me run the ten miles…but I fell short. Literally by less than an hour. As I ran home, I felt the excitement as I was to log the closing thirty miles, but when I plugged my iPod in, I noticed Sean Mclellen just completed the race. Darn it all!! 🙂 In all truth, I didn’t mind losing to Sean because he was the one who pushed me every day to run a little faster and push a littler harder. We’ve never met, but when we do, I’m sure I’ll be just as impressed with who he is as I am with his hard work and dedication.

So, while I’m bummed I didn’t win, I’m quite happy knowing I ran 36 miles from last Monday to last Friday. I spent most of Friday and today celebrating by consuming whatever my eyes fell upon–Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal…sure, why not…Ben&Jerry’s ice cream…make it a double scoop…Sprite…on the rocks, please. My stomach aches from all the sugar and no-no’s I’ve eaten, but I’m rationalizing it by insisting it’s helping cure the aches in my legs.

Because, literally, I’m such a sore loser.

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  1. Gina

    September 23rd, 2007 at 7:59 am

    i was rooting for you … how could you do this!! fall short?! sheesh 😉 i kid i kid. My butt wasn’t running haha. Good work though!

  2. Jen Harris

    September 23rd, 2007 at 8:13 am

    I am so proud of you!!!!!! You did more then i could. Awesome job girl!!! 🙂

  3. C.J. Scott

    September 23rd, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Awww…you did great! Totally admire your dedication to it all 🙂

  4. kerri mcconnell

    September 23rd, 2007 at 11:58 am

    36 miles IS something to be proud of!! congrats for your determination… icouldn’t do it! 🙂

  5. AmandaD

    September 23rd, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    36 miles in a week is awesome though. I’m *almost* inspired to do my own one week challenge.

  6. Jamie Delaine

    September 23rd, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    That’s CRAZY. How much did you run BEFORE the competition? I’ve never logged more than 13 miles/week in my life! And that’s with me, PUSHING myself. Holy cow! Ten miles in a day. You definitely have something to be proud of. I don’t know how you do it.

  7. Jasmine*

    September 23rd, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Jamie! Actually, I wasn’t running before The Challenge…it’s just that I’m so darn competitive, I had to go full throttle! 🙂 I hate that part of me sometimes!

  8. Emily DeWan

    September 23rd, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    I’m very impressed! You definitely deserve the Cinnamon Toast Crunch and B&J.

  9. kristy b. (aka, wrecklessgirl)

    September 23rd, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Jas- GREAT job. I think everyone really did amazing, what an encouragement you are! Now, maybe next time we can get girls in the top spots!

  10. Sean McLellan

    September 23rd, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for pushing me–I never would have gone that far in such a short time without the competition! And congrats on the near win 🙂

  11. Shannon Sewell

    September 23rd, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Congratulations! Aw, you still win in my book- what’s an hour anyway? 😉 You were an awesome competitor and totally kept me on my toes. It was great ‘racing’ with you. Great job girl…

  12. meg

    September 23rd, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    i’m inspired. i just got my nike + on friday and i’m hoping it will boost my running. this sounds like an added benefit and think i’ll look into doing it.

    p.s. since you asked a while back, check out "video" a book of short stories i just finished. you may want to skip the one entitled "video" though.

  13. angel swanson

    September 24th, 2007 at 12:09 am

    jas — the mere fact you ran that many miles in that short a span of time is INCREDIBLE! majjjor props to you! it takes so much for me to just drag myself to the gym 3x a week!!!

  14. :e:

    September 24th, 2007 at 1:56 am

    oh Jasmine. Tough loss. We’ll go running next time we hang out and you can totally kick my butt and feel redeemed. And, as always, rain is only liquid sunshine.

    Be awesome.


    ps Tell Jerry and Benjamin that I said hi.

  15. Simply Modern Weddings

    September 24th, 2007 at 3:47 am

    Ok…the fact that you even did it….I give you much props! I am so lazy, I don’t even like walking down the street to Dairy Queen for a milkshake. LOL!

  16. Crystal Goss

    September 24th, 2007 at 4:06 am

    I commend your efforts, girl! You’re my hero and a winner in my eyes! 🙂

  17. amber Holritz

    September 24th, 2007 at 4:29 am

    That is my VERRRRRRY favorite ice cream in the entire world.


    (love you)

  18. Scarlett Lillian

    September 24th, 2007 at 6:15 am

    LOLOLOL. You and I are so much alike. I feel like I defeat the purpose of running all the time when I go on my sweets binge afterward. Oh well, at least we are helping to cancel out the calories, right? We need to start a new challenge. 🙂

  19. cassandra m

    September 24th, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Congrats! Be PROUD….be very, very PROUD!

  20. Michael Norwood aka "not so sore loser"

    September 24th, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    Well, if it wasn’t me I was pulling for you. I fell off the boat on Wednesday. Work got the better of me… along with two more weddings this weekend. Excuses, excuses, I know.

  21. david baxter

    September 24th, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    way to go super girl!

  22. Tana Huffman

    September 24th, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    haha – that’s okay Jasmine, you AND Sean were the ones that actually had me wake up, look at your climbing stats, look at my iPod and climb back into bed…. hahaha. You BOTH rocked!! Great job.

  23. jesi haack

    December 12th, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    hey jasmine! I LOVE your work! Also, i am training for a marathon in april…and really have NO idea what I have gotten myself into…:)