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Races are fun!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I love races.

This morning I ran the 5k that's part of the Des Moines Marathon. I did well for me, considering this was the first time I've run a 5k without stopping in two years (sufficient training? what's that?)

But holy crap, people can RUN.

The half and full marathon started 30 minutes before the 5k, and everyone was a bit surprised when a half marathoner finished BEFORE I DID. He clocked in at 1:04. My husband came to support me and we stayed around, watching other 1/2 marathoners finish. It's so interesting to see the different types of people, the levels of comfort or pain in which they cross the finish line, and their wardrobe.

There are the crowd pleasers - the guy who juggles for 13.1 miles, the guy pushing someone in a wheelchair, the barefoot dude in a kilt (but, oddly enough, not Des Moines' "usual" barefoot dude in a kilt...?), and funny t-shirts that read "running sucks" and "I love boobs".

And then a marathoner crossed the finish line at 2:13.

Holy crap indeed.

I love watching and cheering and I love running with other folks.

And to be honest, it wasn't until today that I realized just how in shape I was in 2009, when I finished the 1/2 marathon in 2:30:16. I could barely finish the 5k today, and my pace was a lot slower ...and I think I feel just as achy as I did at mile 13. Woah. I have a lot of work ahead of me to get ready for 2012.

But anyway, races are cool. If you've never tried one, I highly recommend it. Even if you walk the entire course, odds are slim that you'll come in last. And even if you do, who cares? Just sign up and experience the awesomeness that only comes with being in a race. It's a great sense of accomplishment. :)

Next up is the Living History Farms 7 mile off-road (aka run up muddy hills and through creeks and all kinds of nonsense) race. It's bound to be an experience...thank goodness my husband will be there, as that's the sort of race that's more fun as a group.

And now ...a nap. :)
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