My First Race - My First Blog - with pictures!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ok, so I have been on Sparkpeople for almost 2 1/2 years and it has been incredible for me to see myself find a program and stick with it, never feeling like I am totally depriving myself of anything and the amount of info about healthy living I have found has been amazing, however, I have never quite felt anything I have done so far was really blog worthy - I'm just boring old me, trying to work full time, raise 2 kids and lose weight. I kept telling myself I would write a blog at the one year mark - then the 2 year mark - then when I hit my goal back in June, but those blogs never happened. Then I went on vacation, got caught up in the summer season and still have a ways to go to get back down to my goal.

BUT I finally did something I think is blog worthy - at least for me! I have never been a runner - actually hated running with a passion and refused to even think about running most of my life. Even with a half dozen of my co-workers so into running that they fly all over the US to run marathons, I just said they were crazy and left it at that. Then about 2 years ago, my hubby, who basically started running casually when I was pregnant with my 9 year old son, said with my new interest in fitness and health and all, I should run 2 miles with him on his birthday on 10/10/2010. I told him I would. In August of last year I started the C25K program and on his birthday we actually ran the 3 mile loop by our house. I found that I had better weight loss results when I mixed running win with my fast walking (not a surprise) so I kept with it. In March, we saw the ad for the Giant Race, affiliated with the San Francisco Giants, of whom, we are huge fans (have been for years, not jumping on any bandwagon - in fact we had a mini-season passes the final year they played at Candlestick.) Because it was sponsored by the Giants, I was able to convince my hubby we should sign up for the race - he runs to stay in shape but really couldn't care less about competitions and certainly not a fan of paying to run. They offered a 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathon. We knew we weren't ready for the 1/2 but felt the 5K wouldn't really be a challenge (never thought I would say that!) so we signed up for the 10K.

The race was this past Saturday and it was amazing! We had so much fun. We had the kids stay with my in-laws and went to the city on Friday night. Our race time was 8 am, but we checked out at 6:30, thinking it'd be plenty early to drive the 1.5 mile to the parking lot and get in line. Traffic was horrible but we ended up finding free parking and still getting there in plenty of time. We were way back in the end of the third corral, with the slower 10K and 1/2 marathon runners. Here is the picture we took right at the scheduled start time:

Then we were on our way. It was very crowded for the first mile and still pretty congested until mile 2. The path was along the water on the embarcadero, from the ball park down to Pier 39 and back to the ballpark. We kept a really steady pace and surprisingly, I felt no pain in my hip (usually it starts to bug me a little at about mile 5 in my training runs). Then we were back at the ballpark and running into the stadium, on the warning track, and over the finish line. Our official time was 66:51, which was way above the goal I set for myself of wanting to be at 70 minutes, but I'd still be happy as long as I was done by 75. Here are more pictures from after the race, with our medals and then we got to pose with the World Series Trophy which was awesome! We have already decided for sure we are doing it again next year - even talking about doing the 1/2 next year - turns out Brain Wilson (the Giants closer - also known as "the Bearded one") was further down the route greeting and high-fiving those who ran the 1/2 marathon.

Thanks for checking out my first blog - I hope it wasn't too long or boring!
And a big thank you to my hubby who ran slow (for him) and stayed with me the whole way.
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