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5k - Wounded Warrior Way

Monday, May 06, 2013

Well, the big day has come and gone. Thanks again to all who offered support and encouragement. My unofficial time for the event is 59:55. My best time yet.

I confess I wasn't really at my best coming into the event. People have been asking me for over a week, if I were excited. Truthfully, I wasn't. I was actually kind of dreading it. No good reason. It's just how I felt. Mostly, I just kind of ignored the whole thing until Sunday morning. Then, all I could think was, "What have I gotten myself into?" I don't know anything about this kind of event. I didn't know how to prepare. I was kind of panicked. Of course, it was much ado about nothing. I was ready. Everyone there was wonderful. I had a small bit of confusion with J, because he had trouble grasping the concept that, although we were walking, we were "runners".

The emotion of the event took me by surprise. I wasn't doing anything I hadn't done in the last two weeks, but there was something gratifying and satisfying about just "being there".

The weather was perfect. The sun was out brightly, the humidity was low and the temp was around 50. Alvernia University hosted the run, and they have a lovely campus. The terrain was a little rougher than I'm used to, but we were up to it. I had set a goal of finishing under an hour. The course was set up so that runners lapped the Alvernia track at both the start and end of the run. I was half joking with J that we should jog the last straight leg of the track. As we rounded the final bend, I glanced down at the race clock and saw it tick past 59:15, and was off like a grounded walrus. It wasn't pretty, but it got me where I was going, with 5 seconds to spare.

All in all, it was a great event. DW and number 2 daughter came along to cheer at the finish. As soon as my knees recover, I'll be AWESOME!
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