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.
Monday, May 09, 2011
I wanted to write this before it totally faded from my mind, as dreams do.
I had an awesome Mother's Day yesterday...got nice cards from my children and my wonderful husband (including a gift certificate for an hour long massage at a spa called "Massage Envy"). -- this meant even more to me than anything because my husband thought of this gift all on his own! He doesn't realize how special that is ... it wasn't something I hinted for.. he thought I would like it, so he did it. (And I *will* love it, I'm sure!)
He also encouraged me to go to the Strider's Weekly race..and to "go for it" and do the 5K. (They had an option of a 1 mile race or a 5K). And I did it and finished in a better time than I would have expected -- especially since it was a very hilly and challenging course!
Then, as if that wasn't enough, we got takeout from my favorite mexican restaurant -- a family-owned place called "Mi Casa". Their Paella is to DIE for!
We also got calls from both of our moms who enjoyed the edible arrangements we had sent to them.
In talking with my mom I mentioned how it made me a bit sad to have less people to buy mother's day cards for (since we had lost my grandmother).... I buy cards for my best girlfriend Elena, my sisters-in-law, and my aunt Millie and Mary.
and how I think ahead to Father's Day... and how I wish I had my father and Father-in-law to buy for. And I told my mom how much I missed dad...and how its my intention to one day run a marathon in honor of his memory.
Perhaps it was that talk that sparked it...but I had the most bittersweet dream last night/this morning. It started out real muddled, as dreams do... I was in some sort of upstairs apartment and was cooking something...when a police officer came in. I wasn't in trouble, but he wanted to talk to me and get some information about something. And as he was talking to me, asking questions, my dad walked in to the room.
I stood there for a second in shock. Because on some level I knew it was a dream...yet there he was. Then in the next instant I guess I thought, or realized I had somehow gone back into time before he died.... so I rushed forward and flung myself into his arms wrapping my arms around his back and laying my head on his shoulders and squeezing so hard. I didn't want to let go, and I didn't..even though I could sense his confusion... like "Why is my daughter acting like she hasn't seen me in years?" He talked to the officer while I just kept hugging and squeezing him tight and thinking so hard "I love you daddy. I love you so much."
And it was about then that my son hopped into bed for a morning cuddle and woke me up.
So I guess you could say I got another awesome mother's day gift... another chance to hug my dad and tell him how much I love him.
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