Saturday, February 26, 2011
Today was the 5K I've been working for since December. I was worried because my nutrition hasn't been very good the last 2 weeks, I've been super stressed at work &with my class and I know I've gained a couple lbs back, however, I was committed to complete it.
One that I hoped was achievable was to jog..even shuffle if I had to in spots.. the whole thing and not stop. Well, I did pretty well on that but the wind today was pretty gusty and there were a couple good hills that were challenging..I did stop ONCE and was really mad at myself. Even though it was only for maybe 10 steps, I was disappointed, but kept going.
Slow and steady sure doesn't win the race, but I did keep a consistent, albeit SLOW pace through out. When I rounded the last corner I saw from a distance that the timer said 38 minutes. I was stoked! If I could finish less than 40 I would be so happy. I kept my pace, didn't want to get winded and ran to the end, the clock said 39:00 when I passed.
So, even though I was just about the last person to cross ( usually there are a lot of walkers in 5k's but not today) I was OK with it. A coworker of mine was behind me. She was running in her first 5k ever and did have to walk some but she finished at 42 min and some change. I was very proud of her, she was only up to running a mile straight..and as you know wind and temperature really make a difference outside.
I will also say that there was a really nice gal about my age with her boyfriend or significant other cheering people on at the end. Most people had left but she had stayed. I don't know why that was so touching to me. There are always people that cheer and while it is nice and appreciated, it has never meant that much to me before like today. I guess since today was cold and icky..I was just really touched that she stayed even when she had long since been finished. I wanted to say something to her but after my friend had come through and we chatted a bit, then she was gone. I wish I could have told her in person that her simple gesture was appreciated very much by someone bringing up " the end of the pack".
Her simple act of kindness inspired ME to want to be that person at the end of a race...to finish myself with enough time to spare to go back to the last leg and cheer OTHERS on.