Thursday, November 25, 2010
So, I did this alone. I knew one or two people who were also running it from facebook but no one close enough that could actually run with. And good luck getting my fiancee out of bed before 10am.
I woke up at some ungodly time in the morning (what the hell is 6:30AM?), after tossing and turning all night dreaming that my race outfit or number or chip tag had mysteriously disappeared and I would be out of luck for the race.
I got dressed in a hurry, grabbed some trail mix, a water bottle and directions then headed off.
Turns out it was a lot closer than I thought, as I was there at 7:15 and the race didn't start until 9:30. Oops.
I took a few minutes and ate my breakfast and finished my water, then headed to the start/finish area where the 10k racers had just set off.
There were A LOT of people. At least 5k (haha). My first impression was that 5Ks are very stuffwhitepeoplelike.com-ish. I picked up my shirt and walked it back to my car and did some window shopping, then went to see the 10k finishers.
That was where I got a little misty eyed. For those of you that don't know me personally, I'm kind of tough. I don't do emotion and in the 2+ years my fiancee and I have been together, I've seen him cry more than he has me. But it was so moving watching all these strangers shouting encouragement at other strangers running past them. It was incredibly sweet.
I watched some more, then did a little stretching and made my way over to the starting line.
The runners who were being timed (me!) were asked to move to the front, but it was practically impossible with SO, MANY. PEOPLE.
The mayor said a prayer (which isn't my cup of tea, but I knew that a lot of the race sponsors are very religious so whatevs), and off we went.... I thought. The GIANT MASS of people made it so hard to even get to the starting line! I think it took me a good 1-2 minutes just to cross it!
But as soon as I could, I started running. I ran a good chunk of the first mile, which was really exciting to me. I usually forget to pace myself and start too fast just to putter out a quarter of a mile into it.
I dropped my keys at one point and had to run a little ways back to find them. Frustrating, but what can you do? Decided I will buy an arm band for my phone with a pocket for keys before my next race for sure.
There were things I started to see that kind of discouraged me and I'm sure will be race pet peeves of mine forever. They were
a) People running with their dogs and NOT CLEANING UP AFTER THEM. If your race time is so important you are going to leave dog crap in the course for others to step on, maybe you shouldn't bring your dog.
b) "THAT" girls. You know what I'm talking about. Beautiful girls not even racing that day but show up in their skimpiest sports bra and shortest running shorts, with their flashiest belly button jewelry and make up an inch thick. why? Why? WHY? WWWWHHHHHYYYY???
c) I was behind a man and his daughter for about a half mile before I just couldn't take it and HAD to pass them. She obviously wasn't in the greatest shape and having a hard time and he would get infuriated with her for not keeping up with him. I will never have children but I'm 100% sure that a child's health comes before a race time.
Ok, back to the race...
When I was about a block from the finish line, I heard a familiar voice yell "Get it, girl!" and a hand stretch out for a high-five and there was one of my best friends (and future bridesmaid) (my ex girlfriend if we want to get down to the nitty gritty deets of my past, but that's for another post). I was beaming. I had put on this front all week showing everyone how strong I was that I was doing this alone and wouldn't have anyone to run with me or cheer me on and I was ok with that. But honestly, it meant SO MUCH to me and really helped get me through that last stretch to know that yes, I DID have support there.
I crossed the finish line and it was an awesome feeling.
My friend met up with me and we went to a yoga & dancewear store I had passed on the course for a while and caught up, making a date for a bikram yoga session in the near future, before she leaves for Spain in February.
I went back to my car all smiles and texting everyone that I thought would care the slightest amount that I had done it and made it under my goal time.
I went to a family Thanksgiving brunch a little while later where my mother and my sister in law's mother both congratulated me and asked if they could join me on one next year. Of course! The more the merrier!
I'm so glad I finished. I proved to myself I can do it and I am determined to make 2011 the year of 12 5ks!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
So, I posted a few hours ago that I had gotten in to my first pair of goal jeans and it was AWESOME.
After dinner and a shower I decided I would try on the next pair down (the corduroys, even with the tags still on haha), just to see how far I had to go, and guess what:
THEY. #@%$@^%. FIT.
HOLY CRAP. I am officially out of 20-something size pants for the first time since 2003 or2004. AT LEAST SIX YEARS.
That gave me an extra motivational push and I am DETERMINED to finish the year in a size 16 (for the first time since I was a senior in high school -2000).
I. CAN. DO. THIS.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Do you see these jeans?
DO YOU SEE THESE JEANS?
I can't remember wearing them in 4 or 5 years.
JUST THIS PAST SEPTEMBER, I COULDN'T GET THEM OVER MY THIGHS.
I'M IN MY FIRST GOAL JEANS.
They're a little tight, I won't be doing any squats in them anytime soon, but OHMYGOD. DO YOU SEE THESE JEANS?
I am SO. HAPPY.
GOAL JEANS #2 (well, technically, they're corduroys), HERE I COME!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I got my race number/chip tag for the Gobble Jog 5K on Thanksgiving.
MY FIRST 5K. I'M ECSATIC.
I may not have trained hard enough to be completely prepared but the point is I'M DOING IT!
I'M REGISTERED FOR MY FIRST 5K.
My plan for the future is 1 5k every month for a year, hopefully improving my time each one. Then onto 10ks, 15ks, half marathons and one day a full blown marathon.
I. WILL. BE. A. RUNNER.
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