I'm not real sure what this blog is going to be about, but someone asked me to post one about the race, so here goes.
I think the main reason I joined the race is so I wouldn't have to cook Thanksgiving dinner. This is my second Thanksgiving since starting on this journey, and I still feel like I don't really want to cook a bunch of stuff I shouldn't be eating. And the leftovers are killers. Last year I got roped into it the week before Thanksgiving, so this year I had a great excuse. I don't have time to cook, I'll be out at a race. LOL So, I singed up for my second ever 5K race. My goal was to be able to complete the entire thing without walking. Other than having to stop to tie my shoe, I did just that. I also wanted to beat my fastest time, and that is where the frustration starts.
My "official" race time was 39:30 which is faster than the first 5K I did at 40:13 BUT, I was freaking out most of the race anyway since I didn't cross a mat when we started. The first chipped timed race started when you crossed the mat, and ended when you crossed the mat. There was a mat at the end of this one, so I was waiting for the times to post so I'd know if I had an official time or not. My family said it was under 40 minutes when I crossed on the time the race showed. I said I knew I was much better than that since I started my Nike+ as I crossed the start flag and even though I forgot to stop it until they were unclipping my chip, it had me at 38, so I was pretty sure I had a new PR. Needless to say I was shocked and disappointed when I saw my "official" time of 39:30.
So do they really start everybody's time when the race starts? There were 1500 racers, so obviously not everyone REALLY started at the same time across the start line. Me, I was still in the parking lot when it started, not worried because little ole miss experienced me KNEW my time didn't start until I crossed that start mat. Also, because of all the walkers and strollers I was behind, there was a LOT of weaving in and out. In the end, my Nike had me at like 3.4 miles, and it showed me completing the 5K in 34:40!!! Woo Hoo!!! And that is a new PR for me. My last one was just days before when I did a practice 5K in just under 37 minutes. I'm taking the Nike+ time since that is what I have always judged myself on. But still very frustrating to see such a discrepancy.
Now I'm signing up for my next race in just two weeks, AND it is going to be my first 8K. Then silly me, after I finish that, I'd taking my granddaughter on the kids dash. I'll probably end up with her on my back for part of it. THEN, just a few weeks later, I'm attempting my first 10K (don't think I'll be quite ready to jog the entire thing yet, but I'm still entering) that starts at 11:59 PM New Years Eve. DH is going to have to meet me just past the start for his New Years Kiss this year. Which brings me to reflections.
The week before this last race I was stressing out because I wasn't sure I'd be able to jog the entire thing. My wonderful husband kept telling me to stop stressing about it, and so what if I couldn't jog the entire thing and had to walk some of it. Well, that would mean I had not made any progress since my last race that I had to walk and jog back in April. He laughed at me and asked if a year ago I could have walked/jogged a race. Heck, a year ago the thought of jogging was foreign. And who the heck would give up a kick back and relax day like Thanksgiving to go race? And NYE is for drinking and bringing in the new year, not out racing in the dark. How much my life has changed!!! I'm only about half way to my ultimate goal weigh, but so what. Even if I never get there, i KNOW I will be under 200 soon. I wonder how fast I'll run then? Will I be able to jog an entire half marathon at 190? Will 180 see me doing my first Tri? What I do know is I AM an ATHLETE!!! Who would have ever thought that about me???
So I promised pics. DH took them so they are blurry. :)
Coming up to the finish
crossing the finish line
then we had to do a little playing. :)
I even went down the BIG slide WITH my backpack on. A year ago I wouldn't go down because i was afraid I'd get stuck in it. :)
I'll have my brother take pictures at the next race. :) That is my next big challenge. :)