Sunday, October 06, 2013
and I remembered my friend and colleague, Renee. She never gave up and I ran with her in my mind today beating my time from my last race in April!
Got up at 6 am this morning to get the family ready for the Central and Southern New Jersey Susan G. Koman run/walk at Six Flags Great Adventure. Renee, a friend and colleague of DH and I, lost her battle to breast cancer this week. We registered for this race two months ago while Renee was still fighting this deadly disease. We thought she would have been with us for race day. She was in spirit. Speaking with her husband today, he said that Renee had one speed - "GO!"
I kept this in my mind as I started to run my first mile. The adrenaline started to decrease and I was losing the pace I started. I am still learning how to set my pace when I run these races. Then, I started reading the bins pinned to many runners' backs that were celebrating the lives of those they lost and I became very emotional as I was running. It was difficult to see so many young men and women who have lost wives, mothers, and sisters. Yet, it was motivation at the same time. At that point I looked over and I saw my girls and DH on the sideline cheering me on and I thought of one word, "GO!" And that is what I did!
I pushed my way down the hill, then back up, I was on pace to reach my personal goal of 30 minutes for the race. I was not sure that I could keep up the pace I set. At the second mile, I was still on my time target, but I was starting to slow down. I grabbed a cup of water and almost trampled a young boy as he stopped for water right in front of me. Oops! On the third mile, I found myself really concentrating on finishing the race. There were so many people. Since I am new to running, I was overwhelmed by the amount of people. At times, there were bottle-necks of people trying to get through a small bridge or turn a corner as we ran through the water park. I was so hot and sweaty, I could only dream there was water splashing on me! But, alas, water parks in the northeast are not open in October!
Then, I could hear the loud speaker and the spectators cheering on the runners and I thought that I was so close, but that was not so. The road wound around through the parking lot for another 1/2 mile. It was time for real motivation and I thought "GO, GO." I can do this! It is a great feeling to experience as I approached the finish line with so many others. I may not have hit my personal goal of under 30 minutes, but I was very close - 30:48.05! And when I saw DH and my girls waiting for me, I thought about how blessed I am with such a loving family. It does not get better than this. So when I feel myself down about work or life, I am going to remember the one word from my inspiring colleague that got me through this race today, "GO!"
Hope everyone has a great week!