Monday, October 06, 2014
It was a rainy, wet, raw day. We checked the web site and it read "Rain or shine". "You know what that means!" hubby said. "Let's do this!!!" UGHHH!!! I said... We all jumped in the car and off we went. Justin decided last minute to join us since he did not have a race with the High School Cross Country team.
The course became official so it meant it was a little longer than usual. Double UGHH!! Well, the gun fired and everyone took off!! I kept a good pace and pushed thru. When I hit the half-way point I did not hear voices behind me anymore. I just kept going. I started to pass the first racers giving me the thumbs up and high fives. It made me feel great and happy to keep going. When I got to the last turn the sky opened and down came the rain. I just smiled and heard Justin telling me to keep going. He was jogging next to me. The next thing I heard was the police man asking me if I was the last racer. I looked at the finish line and mumbled back I don't know. With that Justin said softly why don't you drive in your car and find out for yourself?? I just kept focused and before I realized it my Hubby showed up and yelled I had a great time and to push the last 100 yards. I looked at the clock and jogged with all my might in. I crossed at 54:01 which made my day. We all hugged and everyone under the tent clapped.
I stood in the Borough Hall all happy. I did what I set out to do - better my time on a longer course. The awards were being given out and I stood there still smiling!!! Justin's name was called for 1st place in his age group, Danny was called up for 1st place in his age group; and then the women age group 50-59 - third place is - YES - YOURS TRULY!! I was in complete disbelief and shock. I got up with everyone telling me to get up there and get my medal. The men age group 50-59 - Yup you guessed it Hubby got a silver. We all jogged to the car in the rain all happy.
I think back on how my journey started with baby steps. I would walk to the mailbox. Then after time I would walk to Pre-School with Danny. Then I would progress to walking around the block. Baby steps leading to jogging/walking hills now of up to 4-6 miles every other day. I always write this and I am a firm believer, if I can do this - So can you!!!
When we got home Justin worked the timer on his cell phone and we posed for this picture. This says it all!!!