Did you win, Mrs. Fitz?

Did you win?  This will be the first question on my students’ minds on Monday.  On Friday, I told them that I was doing a 5K today.  Did I win?  What constitutes winning?.  After a night of interrupted sleep (had to pick my daughter up from work at 3AM), I woke up at 6:30AM to get ready for the race.   That is a win.  Did I win?  I remembered to bring my donation for the St.Damien Food Pantry.   That is a win.  Did I win?  I showed up.  That is a win.  Did I win?  I met up with my running club.  They are so supportive!  Talked to my coach.  She reminded me that I can do this.  We all gathered at the start line.  Alex was so funny, taking pictures of all of our group members.  He gave me a big thumbs up as I started.  That is a win.  Did you win?  For the first part of the race, I was in dead last place.  But I was participating.  That is a win.  Did I win?  As I approached the finish line, I saw my best friend and her son.  Even though they had finished the race much earlier, they ran back to cheer me on and escort me to the finish line.  Then, I saw her other son, his girlfriend, my friend’s boyfriend, and her son’s roommate, all cheering me on at the finish line.  That is a win.  Did I win?  Did I?  I didn’t get any medals, break any kind of record, or even make my PR.  Did I win kids?  Yes I did!



  1. Yeah!!! It’s always great to be a winner!


  2. Dianne · March 7, 2015

    Yes! We do indeed win every time we lace up and get out there! Congratulations on your 5K!
    Keep on running and writing!


    • lfitzgerald2015 · March 7, 2015

      Thanks. Considering that 5 years ago, I was in a coma, had to learn how to walk again, definite win! That is a blog for another day!


  3. MaryHelen · March 7, 2015

    Yes you did win. Great question to use for perspective. Effort, determination, all wins. Hooray!


  4. ccahill2013 · March 8, 2015

    What a cool way to write your slice, Lisa! Did you win? Yes… In the most important sense of the word. Way to go!!!!


    • lfitzgerald2015 · March 8, 2015

      Thanks Carrie. I so did not want to get up this morning. The really cool thing, there was a CP student in the tent at the finish line. She made sure to come over to me and say HI. In my mind, I totally won!


  5. smcninch · March 8, 2015

    You won my attention and appreciation. Congrats on the big finish!


  6. elsie · March 8, 2015

    You finished and that is a win for sure, but there were so many more moments that made you a winner today. Congratulations on your win!


  7. litcoach64 · March 8, 2015

    What a great post! The use of repetition was so effective. It’s great to point out that everything positive you did today was A WIN! And that doesn’t always mean coming in first place. Loved it!!!


  8. Dana Murphy · March 8, 2015

    This is a great way to write about this topic. I love the repetition of the question. I do hope you’ll share this with your students.

    Congrats on the 5K!


  9. cjhamilton9 · March 8, 2015

    You won! Getting up, going to the race, and crossing the finish line meant you won!!! Congrats!


  10. rachel reads · March 8, 2015

    I love this! Congratulations on finishing the race! I can understand running struggles. I hope that you share this slice with your students on Monday!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lfitzgerald2015 · March 13, 2015

      I showed them a photo of me at the starting line. They laughed at me.. 🙂


  11. sweathers21 · March 8, 2015

    A proud reflection of your hard work. Never give up you’ll always win. All around great work


  12. amelia1973 · March 8, 2015

    “Did I Win?” Yes, you did Lisa! Love this slice!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. GirlGriot · March 8, 2015

    You totally won! I love how many runners there are in this year’s slicing crew! I’m impressed by you all!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. shelsdon · March 8, 2015

    You totally won. Motivating yourself to go is the biggest battle!! Congratulations!


  15. LSquared · March 8, 2015

    “I showed up.” The winner!!!


  16. jen b. · March 8, 2015

    Getting your shoes on – a win. You did more than most people today – congrats on the finish – it’s a WIN!


  17. nbressanelli · March 8, 2015

    You are definitely a winner. Great writing!!


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