Congrats to everyone who ran the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay this weekend, including Hillary Frisbee and SupermomeE12 at See Mom Run Far You people AMAZE me!
Yay for my sister-in-law who finished her first 5k! She's been dealing with an injury so she walked it, while pushing her kids in a jogging stroller! With all of that, she still finished in 48:40 Way to go Kendra!
There are sooo many more of you out there, congratulations to you all!
Now on to the main event.....
Here's the short version:
Small town, Fun run=mild disorganization but lots of people to talk to while we wait.
My goals: Well, I made two out of three. I definitly didn't start too fast and I didn't run more than the 5 minutes. The time, well....My annual spring cold showed up...43:56 according to runkeeper and 44:13 by the clock.
5th out of 5 in my age group, not sure of my overall, but I know I wasn't last.
Like I mentioned above, my annual cold decided to make a visit this week. Each year as the season changes, I get this nasty cold where my nose closes off and my lungs seem constantly full of fluid and not air. Really it's not too bad (meaning no trip to the doctor necessary) but this year it was just annoying. I had finished my run on Tuesday feeling good and really excited about the race and my pace. Then Wednesday, my little friend decided to show up. I really thought I had avoided it this year, it usually comes around in April or May, but I guess with the late spring it was just delayed. I took Thursday off, planning to rest my body because I really, really wanted to run the 5k. I knew I needed to revise my goals, and I sort of did in my head. I planned to simply finished and be proud that I had run another race. Of course, that's easier said than done, I'm fiercely competitive with myself.
|waiting for it to start|
|And they're off!|
|I wish I looked better, |
but here we are together
So, here I was. Almost at the end. My husband was doing great, but had reached his limit. I wouldn't see my girls till after the race, and I wasn't really even sure where the finish was. I told Big D to call my parents and tell them to meet us at the finish. I really wanted to make one last push and finish strong. I took off jogging, got a little ahead of him and then I just....I couldn't make it over my mental mountain. I should have stayed with Big D and run across the finish with him, but I really wanted to keep trying for my time goal. In the end, I did run, not walk, across the finish, and I did smile. I turned around to watch for my hubby and saw him cross just a few seconds behind me. Turns out he decided he could run the last little bit. It was good to see his face. He finished his first 5k and I couldn't be prouder of him!
All in all, I'm really glad I ran. Even though I didn't PR, I learned a little about mental toughness. Mostly I learned that it's something I really need to work on before I get to my marathon. Races don't always go the way you hope. Things happen. Some are caused by other people, and sometimes it's your own body not co-operating. The important thing is to get out and try. If you don't try then you've already failed.
Interesting people I met:
There were a TON of my neighbors there that I didn't know liked to run....I'm definitely planning talking to a few of them about running together. I just need to find a running buddy who goes at my pace.
When we started off, I noticed four ladies in matching blue shirts. On the back it said, "This seemed like a good idea in January." I was curious who they were and at the end I got to talk to two of them. They are a group of friends who have decided to all run 11 5k's in 2011. I thought that was a really fun idea. I may have to see if I can get a group together for something like that next year.
Those of you who follow on my facebook page already know about this last one. While we were waiting around for the start, I saw someone exciting! Justin, from Season 11 of The Biggest Loser was there. He was running with his son. I really wanted to get a picture with him, but I was a little embarrassed to ask (you would think I'd learn after the last time and just do it.) When everyone was standing around at the end of the race, I heard another lady ask for a picture and I took the chance. I got one. He is super nice and it turns out he live just down the street from me. Small world.