Ummm, yup. The title says it all! I DID IT!!!! Even though it was raining, I still showed up and actually DID it!
Based on how long it took me to walk 2.28 miles on Wednesday (43 minutes), I set my goal for the 5K to be under an hour because I knew there was no way I was going to actually be able to run the whole way. I did my best… I jogged, I power walked, I jogged, I power walked, I walked, and each time I got a glimpse of the flashing police lights at the corners where we turned, it gave me the motivation to pick up the pace once more. When I turned that final corner, I could see the finish line at the bottom of the hill (thank god we didn’t run uphill first…). That’s when I started to sprint! Well, what this body considers sprinting, anyway! But I FINISHED!!
Not only did I make my goal of under an hour, but I beat my Wednesday walking time for a shorter distance!
When I crossed the finish line, one of the guys there held me up once I stopped because I thought I was going to fall over, while another one removed my computer chip. The folks were great! They’d been cheering as I came running in, they caught me, and they handed me water immediately. And I felt AWESOME! My shirt was soaked, my hair was plastered to my head, but I felt TERRIFIC!!
Once I got inside and was getting my picture taken, I started to feel not so awesome, though. When I saw the picture on my camera, I could see that my stomach was incredibly bloated and I really started not feeling so well.
I could not figure out what the hell could have caused it. When I was talking to my daughter, Robin, once I got home, I mentioned that I thought I might have been too dehydrated or something. Since she’s a doctor, I figured she could help me prevent it next time. She asked what I’d had to eat before running. Well, I knew enough not to eat a meal beforehand, but I’d thought dried fruit was a good idea. It had sugar and some carbohydrates that would be good for exercise. I ate a bunch of it because I knew I’d run the calories off. She asked me what kind of fruit, and when I told her, she started laughing hysterically and went calling for her husband in the next room to tell him that her mother had eaten a whole bunch of prunes just before running a 5K. I got more than my feet moving!!
Looking back, it wasn’t my brightest moment. But I DO have an excuse. It was the last day of school, and my brain was not functioning properly, okay?
I ran for the bathroom faster than I ran for the finish line right after I had my picture taken.
Anyhow… the results for the race are listed on the site below. It’s so exciting so see my name among the participants!!!!
Who would have thought that five months ago I would have done this? Not me!! But I accomplished it!
On to the Color Run!! And the Dirty Girl!! 🙂
Oh…and just a note- tomorrow will be five months with NO SMOKING!!!