Tuesday, July 05, 2011
This weekend, I declared my independence from fear. Fear of new experiences, fear of the hot weather, fear of running with other hard core runners.
I did that by running the Hilton Head Island Firecracker 5000 5K race.
Back in February I decided I was going to run 1 race a month for the rest of the year. I mapped out my runs and saw slim pickings during the summer months. The only July race was the Firecracker so I said I would run it. Then, in May, it started to get hot. Plus, I saw that race didnít allow strollers which meant I would have to ask my husband to not run or I would need to pay a babysitter through the nose to watch Max at 6AM on the Fourth of July. I didnít like either idea so I used the weather as an excuse. However, forgetting about it, I still left the race up on my SP message board signature and never told the Galloway team I wasnít running.
Next thing I know, itís July 1 and Iím getting comments on my page wishing me luck on my race. I re-thought about running but I let fear get in the way. I didnít to impose on Brett on his rare day off. I didnít want to deal with the hot weather. I didnít want to drive up to Hilton Head (an hour away) on a holiday morning. I didnít want to stand alone at the start and be alone when I finished as. I didnít want to do any of those things, because I was afraid of them. Still, the well wishes showing up on my Spark Page.
On Sunday, the day before the race, I went for a walk. I ran 7.5 the day before with the half marathon team but was still feeling good. I wanted to run but I knew I needed a rest between runs. So instead, I started mapping out a plan to get up early on Monday (the 4th) and run. The more I thought about it the more I realized I could probably swing the race. I was going to get up early anyway. I realized it was silly to worry about imposing on Brett. Heís my husband, itís not like he was going yell at me for asking. In fact, he would probably be super supportive. If there was late registration available, I was in.
I got home and went on-line. Late registration was available, so I signed up.
And I ran.
And I knocked 57 seconds off my PR.
I got this.
(Race report to come)