Sparked MY Way to a 5K
Sunday, April 26, 2009
First and foremost I want to say thank you to my SparkPeople family for helping me to make this possibility a reality. I never thought I would be running; well actually jogging anywhere. Meeting a goal is a wonderful experience and that is just what I had today.
My day started with twenty minutes of yoga. I wanted to make sure I was energized and my limbs we properly stretched. I ate a light breakfast (a banana, an orange, one cup of milk, a glass of water, and a multi-vitamin). Next I got my gear together and my family and headed to the park.
I did a five minute warm-up and headed to the starting line. I was right there at the front of the pack. They blew the whistle and we all took off. Just a short time later my system said, "What h*ll are you doing this is NOT your pace?" I re-grouped, apologized for assaulting myself and found MY pace. I was going now; just the way I planned it. I gave myself a pep talk, "Run your race, set your pace, please don't let me come in last". Before I knew it mile one was done (13:23). People would jog by, run by, motor scooterby, stop all together, but I kept MY pace. Mile two down (29:39). Figured I had a boost in that first mile because of the runner's incident. I looked behind me on occasion just to make sure there were folks behind, yup, I wasn't going to be LAST! Mile three, so now I hear feet start to pound the pavement. People were running the last mile after walking. Well, that was rude but still I kept MY pace. I turn the corner and the finish line is in sight, I look behind, yup, I will not be LAST. I head to the finish line hearing the claps, and congratulations. I spot family and I look to the board (46:10). I finished and I wasn't LAST. I placed at 322. I was happy and feeling victorious. I wasn't concerned that I wasn't the fastest or anywhere near it. I was far from textbook form. I did have something that no one else had. I had MY story and MY pace. I knew that my journey had begun. April 26, 2009
At the end of the race a women came over and thanked me. She said she had been behind me and couldn't catch me. She told me that I helped to set HER pace and was glad I ran today. Who knew I would be helping someone else. Now isn't that a double blessing. I am signing up for MY next 5K which will take pace on June 20, 2009.