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.