I have been so busy reading all these amazing HTC blogs that I haven't had time to write mine! So here goes!
First let me say that I wasn't originally a ghost runner. My hubby BobbyD31 (and I am sure quite a few of you know him by now!) was the ghost runner but he had an injury and was not sure he could do all 3. So I told him I would help and another great SP friend Anne (11sprouts) volunteered to do one also. Perfect! We were assigned to run with Trish (Woohoo!) one of our favorite Rookie runners. Trish has always been there for me with my various health issues and I was so excited to be running with her! I hope she knows that I am always there for her too. And this is one way I could show it.
Let me just say this was an incredibly busy week for me. My niece was getting married that Saturday and there were many events leading up to it. There was the all day cookie baking marathon-the bridal luncheon and traying all those cookies. So it was crazy.
Add to that the special pictures Bobby wanted taken and that wrapped up all the days right up to Friday night when Bobby did his run around 11 p.m. I didn't go with him on that run because of getting ready for my Saturday morning run with Trish. Besides, I had been at the bridal luncheon all day...and had to sit through a manicure and pedicure...poor me! I digress.
Friday was so cool (once I got home). The ghost e-mails were flying and there was so much support! Everyone was reporting their times and how their runs went. My son would just walk past and shake his head at Bobby and I with our faces pressed to our laptops! So Friday night Bobby went off to his run in the woods while I fell asleep (sort of) with visions of HTC runners in my head!
Saturday morning I awoke at 7 a.m. My run wasn't scheduled until 9:24 but I couldn't sleep anyway...I was excited and nervous at the same time. I know that Trish is fast, really fast. I am not. But everyone said that we didn't have to run the same pace as our coastie...thank goodness!
I had my long run breakfast...wheat pancakes covered in mixed berries and yogurt and a large cup of coffee. I changed into my spark HTC shirt with my reflective ghost (thank you susan!) and rolled on my foam roller. Bobby decided he was going along for a bike ride to stretch his legs out from last nights run. We drove out to one of my favorite running spots...a 4 mile loop at our local high school. It has very little traffic and some shade. I was to run 5.77 miles. No biggie. I run farther than that most Saturdays. But this time it was with Trish!
When we arrived there were four runners finishing their run. They looked at me kind of funny. I had my HTC ghost race bib pinned on (thank you Kirsten-great idea and awesome job). Bobby took pictures and we waited a few minutes for our text to "go". But from the recent ghost e-mails we were not sure we would hear anything. And we didn't so about 9:30 I took off.
Right before my run.
This was a route I run often but right from the start it felt different. I kept thinking about the HTC runners. I kept thinking about Trish and all that she has been through. Usually when I am doing a long run or when I have trouble focusing, I think about all that I have accomplished through spark people. All that I have been able to do despite my health issues. But not this time. I didn't need to think about that to make myself feel strong. I had Trish...and the other runners...ghost and real *coasties*. They were there. All of them. It really is amazing what your heart and mind will do for you. I was running, but rather effortlessly. My eyes filled with tears. Don't know if it was menopause or exhaustion or perhaps because of the impact of what I was part of. Phew...I really had to suck it up or I would never make it through.
I heard my garmin beep with the one mile mark and a few seconds later I heard a rustle in the woods. I looked over and saw something. I thought at first it was a big dog...not unusual on this route...but no...it was a beautiful deer. She just walked right out of the woods...looked right at me...and continued on her way into the field across the street. I was stunned. That is the first time I have seen a deer on this route. I see them on some of my other routes, but never here. I don't know why but my eyes welled up again. I know, I am a cry baby! Learned it from SPNancy!
I continued on and at mile 3 Bobby flew past me on his bike and gave me a high five. No problems. The weather was great, my legs were fine...no hamstring issues that I usually have. At mile 4 Bobby showed up yet again with some gatorade...what a guy! I continued on with a lot of squirrels running around but no more deer.
On my run!
I circled around and headed for the end of my 5.77 run and there they were again...the tears. As I finished and turned around to walk out my cool down there was Bobby taking pictures. I was done. I know Trish was done (since she is so much faster) and I hoped she was doing o.k. My time was 62 minutes. Not bad. I will take it.
I learned later that the four runners who came in when I took off on my run asked Bobby if I was racing since they saw the bib. He told them about the ghosts of the HTC. They said that was very cool and wished us all good luck. And I think that's exactly what we have. We are all so lucky to have the support of each other. Especially on Spark People! Especially with this HTC team!
Next year...ghosting all three legs...or perhaps the actual HTC??!!