Monday, May 04, 2009
I did it!! All 245 pounds of me. I had a cold for the last week. I stayed home Friday to rest and try to get ready for the race on Sunday. Saturday I start to doubt whether or not I could get it done. Would I be able to make it to the finish line before the course closed? What if I don't make it? Can I really do this?
Sunday morning - I wake before the alarm. The sky is overcast. The ground is wet. I really should try to sleep a bit more. No sleep forthcoming. Might as well get up and hit the shower. Start putting gear on. Butterflies fluttering in my stomach. Need to eat breakfast - but will it stay down? Grab a cup of coffee. Breathe deep. Oh My Goodness....I am going to do this.
Techno music loaded onto the Ipod. Strong driving beats to keep me moving. Can I really get it done?
Load kids and hubby and lunch into vehicle. Head into town. Park in the free parking areas and walk the mile down to the race area. Explore a bit with the kids. Head to my start area. The wind is sharp. Music is playing loudly in the street. Finally time for my group to move forward. Kiss hubby and kids. Turn my Ipod on. Start moving legs. This is really going to happen.
Mile 1 - done - no problem. Miles 2, 3, and 4. No problem. Mile 5 is Doomsday hill. Not as bad as I thought it would be. Feet still moving. Feeling good. Nose runny from the cold. Tissues in pocket. Nose blown. Keep moving. Mile 6 - wow! This is the easy part. Just have 1.4 miles or so left. Same as a walk to the mail box and back at home. I can do that! I do that on a regular basis. End of mile 7 - hubby and kids on sideline starting cheering me and boost my spirits even more. Turn the corner...down hill just a bit more to the finish.
Me. My 245 pounds walked 7.46 miles in 2 hours 17 minutes 14 seconds. I was the fastest walker from my company on the corporate cup. I was in the bottom 30% of all competitors in the race. My bib # 2556 is listed as a finisher. My stats will be with Bloomsday 2009 forever. I did it.
I did not worry about the skinny minnies. I did not worry about what others thought. I did my own race. I completed. I won!