Race for the Cure (After)
Monday, October 17, 2011
So I started out at 4AM had to roll out of bed, shower, get dressed and pack up my purse. My sister and I hit the road at 4:50AM and had to park and trolley over to Kapiolani park. We were both excited, but still anxious as all get out. I don't normally gauge how far I walk or how fast, so I was worried that maybe a 5K (3.1 mile) walk was going to be too much for me.
At 6AM - As they performed the blessing and other formalities...I sat and watched everyone around me. I have never been to a race as a participant or a spectator. There were just so many people from all walks of life. There were the overweight, thin, young, old, men, women, runner, and walker. I was happy that so many of us came out for this worthy cause.
Though I didn't participate they had Zumba instructors do 20 minutes of workout to get everyone warmed up. I was happy so see so many out there just enjoying the music and the motions. Then shortly after it was time for the race. Still I was anxious cause I didn't know the exact route or if I would be able to make it not to mention I definitely didn't want to need to use the restroom...porta potties...no thank you I'll hold it.
7AM the race stated - I walked the entire race and was surprised at the pace I was able to keep and still feel good. won't lie the balls of my feet were sore by the end and my hip was a little sore, I made it. A big thank you for Ms. Jen for walking with me and to my sister Heddy for coming out there and doing what I told her...which was not to slow down to walk with me, but to walk her own race cause that is what I would be doing. I expect them to walk their best race and I would do the same at my own pace...no one else's.
I never understood how hard it can be to walk in this type of crowded group style where if I wanna speed up I have to kinda navigate around others...plus watch my footing cause all I would have needed was to roll out my ankle and I would have been having some troubles. That didn't happen though.
We all finished at about the same time 8:07AM. We grabbed a banana and some other snacks that were being offered to participants. We then had to do some walking to the trolley point to head back to our car.
All in all I am hella proud of my self, my sister, and Jen. YAY US!!! Hours later...yeah my ankle and body is a little sore, but it was worth it.
Thank you all for your comments on my before the race blog. Next up is the Great Aloha Race (8.15 Miles) in February.