Its finished! I went into this with pretty realistic expectations knowing I would be happy with a 41 minute finish time- as its the quickest time I’ve been able to finish this course in, and that was once. It’s 70% hill, so anything under 35 minutes is really only realistic on this course if you’re pretty fit. I am on my way, but knew that wasn’t really going to happen, unless its a flat 5K. I did what I was told and drank plenty of water for the next 2 days, stayed away from junk food and stretched.
My husband thinks I am working too hard on this, but what he isn’t grasping is this ISN’T EASY for me! I HAVE to work at it. I have never been a runner, hence, why I get so damn excited with little milestones. It’s hard work for me. I knew though, no matter what… I can do this! I have practiced it enough. When I got there I was a little nervous. But, it was well organized. I lined myself up in the back of the pack- I don’t want to hold anyone back.. ha ha. When the gun went off I resisted the urge to bolt out with the crowd and took it slow. The first mile should be the slowest. I did the first mile in around 13 minutes. The second mile about the same. The third mile I did an 11 minute mile! That was a first for me! I kid you not, I was keeping pace with a 6 year old.
She was the cutest thing ever, high fiving spectators, not complaining or giving her dad a hard time about running. My little one would be giving out the whole way. Sure, she would walk for a few minutes, but then here she would come from behind to pass me up. I told her as we were running, “Good Job! You are beating me!” Humbling. But, it was so awesome to see her out there.
When I approached the corner that leads to finish line I heard in my ear buds 38 minutes! I thought, Oh my god! I can maybe do this in under 40 minutes. I picked it up and started sprinting to the finish line. I could see the timer counting down.. and, ‘I ran like the wind, Bullseye” (reference from Toy Story). I almost made it. I completed in 40.13 minutes. According to my Nike running app I finished in 39.39.. I am just sayin’…. But, in any case I finished in the best time ever. I was so overcome with emotion when I finished I cried (just a little, not sobbing). I looked around for someone, anyone… Finally, I saw my husband and daughter. This was my first running event. I never thought I would ever do one. It was my baby step. Now, I am ready to take on my next challenge. I am looking for a 10K.