My first 10k, giving up the Y, and falling into fall

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yesterday was my very first 10k race. It was the Monster Mash Dash 5/10k at Harrah's Casion in St. Charles, MO. I ran with my friend Martha. Her boyfriend Chris came as well as Bryan. She dressed up as workout Barbie and I was just an 80's chick.
Any 5k that I have been to has had so many participants and a lot of them were non runners. This is what I expected. Well, I was in for a rude awakening. There were MAYBE 100 people there. One person was my size. One. I immediately felt intimidated. At other races, there was always someone who was going to walk the whole thing. Someone was definitely going to be slower than me. But no. Not yesterday. I knew I was going to be the.very.last.person.across.th
e.finish.line. The route was basically one loop for the 5k and then you did it again for the 10k. Which means it makes it easy to give up half way through. I thought about it. But I knew I would hate myself if I did that. I noticed that there were two girls that I passed on my way back through the second loop that had the 10k bibs on. One was about my age and my size, and the other was an older woman. I at least knew that there would be SOMEONE behind me.
Well, they gave up. So I was the last person across the finish line. But you know what? I finished. I didn't quit. And for that, I'm damn proud of myself.

Last week I also decided to get rid of my Y membership. I just wasn't going enough to make it worthwhile. So, instead we got a stationary bike and I plan on getting some 10lb weights to go along with my resistance bands and jump rope. For now I plan on just working out at home and getting some walk/jogs in so that I'm not wasting any extra money.
On another upside I finally got into fall. For some reason I just wasn't getting into it. After Bryan and I got done eating a nice lunch, we went by Gyserts to pick up some pumpkins. Being in a pumpkin patch always makes me feel good and harvesty.
The very first one I found make me feel all giddy inside.

This is what our porch ended up looking like. I'm pretty excited.

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    You are AWESOME!! Congrats on the race!
    3245 days ago
    You know . . . actually finishing last is a LOT more interesting than finishing in the middle of the pack (and as EVERYONE said, FINISHING is what's important) - so pat yourself on the back, ok?
    3246 days ago
    Finishing is WAY more important--in My Opinion--than what position you were in!! Congratulations for getting out of Your Comfort Zone, and for Finishing The Race!!
    emoticon You Rock!!

    emoticon And the Pumpkins are enough to make anyone Smile!!!
    3246 days ago
    You are emoticon !!!!!
    I am so proud of you because you made the decision to finish your first 10 km!
    I will run my first 10 on November 27.
    It's up a mountain road to a waterfall then back down via the river.
    I know I will be surrounded by athletes and super slim marathoners.
    Although I say to myself that I refuse to be intimidated, I run my own race, I Still feel so nervous about this race!

    You are star!!!
    3246 days ago
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