Sunday, May 15, 2011
This was so cool..and much bigger than I imagined it would be. Maybe it shouldn't have surprised me... it is hosted by the Marines..and the historic half marathon was run at the same time. (And, lets face it, the historic half being a bigger race...and with Drew Carey making his 1/2 marathon debut there.. well, it was a bigger deal and more pictures,etc etc were devoted to it.)
But to me, the 5K was a big deal. :)
Just a random shot of the crowd my husband took. We were lucky to find each other before the race.. he had dropped me off and I had walked with a bunch of people to the start area. There were a lot of people.. at least 7000 and that has to be an underestimation. The half claimed most of that crowd but the announcer informed us that this was the first year the Semper Fred had sold out. Cool!
Anyway, we did find each other and my husband took a picture of me before the start of the 5K.
I was feeling pretty good...even considering the fact that my son woke me up at 2:18 am! (He was so excited about being in a hotel room I guess he just couldn't sleep.) I did doze on and off a bit after that and he had other things to occupy him so I wasn't a total zombie by the 7:15am start time.
I really wish I could do one of those awesome race reports like I read here on Sparkpeople. I did manage to run almost the entire first mile, but did take several walk breaks. (Probably because I started off too fast given the excitment and energy of the crowd.) There was one bit I REALLY wish I could have gotten a picture of -- two large firetrucks with their ladders fully extended to form an arch and hanging between them a *huge* American flag. We got to run beneath that ... totally breathtaking.
I just ran when I could, walked when I had to..and tried to do more running than walking. Prior to doing the strider's 5K (on Mother's day) .. my goals intially were: to finish, to finish in under an hour..and if possible to NOT be dead last. Thanks to that previous 5K.. my goals were to finish and to meet or beat my first 5K time which was 38:35.
I am proud to say I met both of those goals. I finished, with a chip time of 35:48. Woot!
Here I am with the two biggest reasons I decided to get healthy... and my finisher's bling.. which I fully intend to show off as much as possible this week -- starting with my follow up at my primary care physician's office tomorrow morning. :D
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I can't honestly say its my first since the very first one I did was with the Howard County Striders... they had a 1 mile and a 5K option on Mother's Day.
But this is my first "big" race.... in that I had a bib# to pick up, etc.
We elected to stay in a hotel room, even though our house is about an hour's drive from the race. Well, initially the plan was for all four of us to stay at the hotel (husband, myself, Thomas and Georgia) but my husband elected to drive back to the house to make sure our foster parrot Mojo is okay. He gets up SUPER early without an alarm clock, and he plans on driving back to pick me up in time to get me where I need to go for the race.
Mostly I suppose the hotel is a convenience for me and an indulgence to my son who is totally fascinated by hotel rooms. (Our daughter elected to go home with my husband.... she much prefers her own bed now. lol)
So Thomas is practically vibrating with the excitment of being in a hotel room... being able to have a bath here (why this is more special than home baths I don't understand)...and playing with the air conditioner, etc. I'm not sure when he'll fall asleep.
As for me, I'm excited too, but not eaten up with nerves like I thought I'd be. Maybe that will change tommorrow morning, but for right now I'm good. I grin like a fool when I look at my bib# and my shirt. (I'll have to take a picture of me in my shirt at some point for my spark buddies, but tomorrow I'll be running in my OAR singlet.)
If anyone wants to make any last minute donations to my cause OAR (Organization for Autism research) it can be done www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/tracy
-day/tracyday It;s nonprofit so your contributions are tax deductible...and 84 cents of every dollar raised goes towards research that helps individuals (like my son) and their families deal with the challenges of autism.
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