Thursday, November 26, 2009
Today was the day I have been waiting for...not my 1st 5k run, but my first 5k where I would have a time and be running with a large group of people.
Did I say large??? The interstate was backed up for people trying to get there. The line for the bathroom was insane!
I stretched, waited in line for the bathroom, and was so excited to have the woman behind me congratulate me on doing my first race.
Weather was wonderful which was a huge plus! I took advice and dressed in layers (and wore my SP t shirt- spreading the Spark!)
My son ran, my brother in law and sister walked. Got pics and will post when she sends them from her camera.
MY TIME-------------35:02. Hey, not too bad for someone that was not running at all several months ago and is also in heel pain recovery! I am rather proud- I ran the whole way. When I saw others starting to walk I told myself- Never give up- Never- it's a mental thing. Also, hey, if you walked it you did better than those that didn't come at all!
Now about Woo Hoo. I get it- as people would yell and cheer us on, I only had wind enough to get out a "Woo Hoo". Try it next time you work out so hard you think that your lungs will explode. It takes very little effort to shout out a Woo Hoo. In fact I Woo Hooed several times on the route.
The one thing that did occur to me while running was the fact that it seemed so much harder running today than when I did saturday. The kicker-----this food obsessed, compulsive overeater, actually FORGOT to eat anything before running. LOL- running on empty. Plus, the water station was blocked by so many people that I missed it. Live and learn.
For everyone that has cheered me on and supported me- Bless you- when I think that I cannot go on I think of all the support that I have here. I remember comments made on my page and your stories that you have taken the time to post. I think about your tears and triumphs, your accomplishments and "start overs", your ups and downs and understand that I am not alone.
I feel very blessed today.