Sunday, April 01, 2012
I have reflected on the race and not much to say. As a trainer it was rewarding to see people that were part of the team excited about overcoming their personal obstacles. I was cheering many saw me before I saw them and came up and said "Thank You". That was very satisfying. I started out running with some coworkers. One of them took off once we started and the other is my running partner from the half. So we started out and he was very aware that I wanted to meet a goal. This was his first 10k and there were a lot of people...so I am sure it was interesting for him. We stayed with each other within sight for the first 2 miles. After that I didnt see him but I knew he would do fine. I saw my family twice which is always rewarding.
As I was running and mile 4 was in front of me...I started getting acid reflux..badly enough to where i had acid in my mouth...you can imagine what I am saying. I pulled over to the side and then it dawned on me that I didnt take my reflux medicine. I took vitamins, allergy pills and even advil to prevent early aches...but no reflux medicine. I didnt forget my garmin which was clearly telling me that I was very slow...slower than I wanted to be.
When I saw my family the 2nd time my husband said..hey whats going on with you..he saw it in my face. He said can you make it? I said..Yes I can! with conviction. He was around the 6 mile marker. At that point I started running a bit faster and when I finished I saw my bestie under a tree yelling...I smiled when I saw her. I went over to her and her family...as I watched for my running partner. Finally i got a text saying...Im at the Subway tent. I also received a call from my first running partner to see how everything went. She made my day by calling....btw she hates the 10k due to the crowds and opt to not run it but her daughter. She was a spectator this year and stated that she saw it in a different light.
Finally....Everyone has been accounted for. My bestie husband who trained hard cord did it in 54 minutes...how great is that?!! Training is everything is what that number said to me. I trained but more for others than for myself. I didnt do a lot for ME. Which is okay it was rewarding in a different way. I had a good race. I always do it in memory of my dad. Each year I evolve. And I guess that was the purpose of the journey to begin with. I was in so much pain and had so much to work through and I always do. I still do. And this is what the 10k was for 2012 a long way from 10k 2004.
Thanks! It is great and can't wait to tell next years story. Each year I am rewarded!