Monday, March 21, 2011
I knew that this week would be special, but it came with a few added bonuses.
Sunday night I received an email from SP telling me that I was Monday's Motivator of the Day. That was totally unexpected and lots of fun. I'm so glad when other people can take motivation from my journey.
Wednesday was my 50th birthday. I took the day off from work and spent much of it volunteering at the local genealogical society with a committee that I was recently asked to chair. We finished a project and the folks there are great, so it was a really good way to spend the day. When I came home and checked my mail, I found a copy of the poster I'd submitted for Sunday's Big Climb, honoring my dad. I wasn't sure that they'd received the materials and had just that morning been talking myself into not getting too upset if it didn't happen, so getting that was a welcome suprise. Oh, and I had about a gazillion comments on my Facebook page wishing me a happy birthday and heard from my sister and my mom.
On Saturday the women's NCAA tournament started. I spent most of the day (other than the trip to the gym in the morning) with the tv on. Friends came over in the afternoon to watch one of the games, and I got a lot of cleaning done in between. I spend most of my days off with other commitments, so getting a day to relax was soooo nice.
Sunday came and it was finally Big Climb day. I got messages of support from several friends the night before and that morning - really motivating! I got to the Columbia Tower ridiculously early, as usual. As my team members arrived the text messages started. I managed to meet up with Stacy and Tiffany before the start and was thrilled that Tiffany had decided to race. I love the physical challenge of these events, but I'm often doing them alone. Having someone to chat with as we got closer to the start line and got more nervous was great, and Tiffany was ahead of me and spotted the poster with my dad on it before I got to it. It meant so much to me to share that! We met up at the finish and then moved to the recovery area to wait. We didn't see Stacy there, but were able to meet up with Angel and get a volunteer to take our picture. Tiffany and I headed to McCormicks for a late lunch, courtesy of our event discount, and I did catch up with Stacy there. Once I got home, it took HOURS to get my time. Shoulda looked it up before we left the event! It was sort of worth the wait, though. I was sure that I'd been slower than last year, but I wasn't! I was just a few seconds faster. Last year I finished in 20:16 and this year in 20:09.
Getting my time was a great cap to a great week...