What a great day for a run in the Chicago area. FINALLY! The last two runs I did, the weather was COLD and rainy with sleet thrown in for an extra punch.
This morning I ran in the DuPage County Human race, benefitting non-profits, including my employer. There was blue sky, sunshine and temps closing in on 60 I believe. Perfect running weather in my book!
I met great people, one of which was the 91-year-old widow of one of our volunteers. She walked the two mile walk part of today's event. There is no way I can ever come up with an excuse to not be active after meeting her! What a great lady!
We started out with a moment of silence for the Boston victims and then singing along with a recording of Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem. I was moved to tears. Even as we started running and Myth by Beach House was playing on my playlist. I had goosebumps!
We ran downhill for a ways and I thought THIS IS GREAT! Then it hit me, I'm going to have to come back up all these inclines eventually.
I told myself to relax, take it slow and enjoy the morning. Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine started playing and I was reminded of the 2012 St. Patrick's Day 5K when this song started me out. I smiled thinking about how far I have come physically from then.
The end of downhill running soon ended and I had to start back uphill. Pat Benetar's All Fired Up was playing and I pushed myself. I noticed a woman ahead of me slow to a walk on the inclines shortly before I would do the same. We seemed to take turns slowing down and picking up the pace passing each other. After a few minutes of this, we started encouraging each other as we passed each other.
Candyman by Christina Aguillara, Baby I'm a Star by Prince and Show me How You Burlesque by Chistina Aguillara played while I started to get tired. I kept telling myself "You're okay, just dance". That always helps keeps me moving.
JD McPherson's North Side Gal helped me pick up the pace, then Somebody's Out There by Triumph played as I saw the finish line getting closer and I took off running. It was like I stepped outside myself. I couldn't believe I mustered up that much energy!
As I crossed the finish line, Done by The Band Perry played. I turned around and saw
the woman I took turns passing earlier and we high-fived.
My time........ 31:33. WHOOHOO! Best time..... so far.
From Pat Benetar's All Fired Up..
Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line
We live and learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith
It has taken a while but "I can't" is slowly fading from my vocabulary! I have faith in myself!