Sunday, March 30, 2008

RUNNING THE RACE...

Well, I finished the race, and it was as awesome as everyone promised it would be. The waves of euphoria lasted long after the race...for the rest of the day, even into today. It felt AMAZING. I loved it. Really, really loved it. I am sore from head to toe today, but hey, it was pretty much the most strenuous thing I have done in about six years. Yikes. I didn't run the whole thing. Nope, I did walk 4-5 times, for about 20-30 seconds each time. My running time, for my first ever race was 30 minutes and 57 seconds. Not fabulous, but not embarrassing either. I was not good at pacing myself. That is definitely something I am going to work on. I was running an eight minute mile for the first mile and a half. But the last mile and a half almost killed me, and that is when I walked some. All in all, I am very happy with how I did and am looking forward to improving my time, as well as my endurance, over the next few weeks, before Amanda and I do our next run in April. Yes, we loved it so much, we are doing another one in a few weeks.
Oh, and Amanda was totally awesome, by the way. Her mental and physical endurance were light years ahead of me. She ran the whole thing. She rocks. I *heart* Amanda. She is my running pal. I wouldn't have done it without her. :)

I was a nervous wreck all day on Friday, and hardly slept at all on Friday night. I was nauseous the whole way down to Richmond Hill and was shaking and trembling the whole morning. I don't know if it was the fear of the unknown, or just my fear of failure, that made me so anxious. Once I stood at the start line, Michael Jackson's "invincible" playing in my ears, I was good to go. I think this could be addictive.

If, for some weird reason, you would like to see pictures of me about to die, um, running, here they are (if it says the session has expired, the event name is See Spot Run, and my bib # is 49).

*Updated: I was not able to run the April race because of sick children. And, the pictures are no longer available to view on line. *

9 comments:

  1. wait....what happened to the pictures? did you just take the last part of your post off? i told you the high would last all day! :) i'm so proud of you! and that time is not bad at all!!!

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  2. I just took the last part off b/c i couldn't see the pictures. Could you? If so, I will put it back...

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'd give you a big hug if I were there, but then it would probably hurt though, wouldn't it!? :) I'm so so proud of you!!

    Running IS addictive. I used to get up early to run in my college days. Now, I just want 5 more minutes of sleep... ugghhh. Oh, to be young again. Wait, you are! jk! :)

    Ok, love the pictures. Again, so proud of you for posting them because I KNOW you hate pictures of yourself! One thing though, get some new running shoes, girl! Those look like they are about to fall apart! Then again, they might be so comfy that you don't even know you have them on. Either way, I just had to pick at you about something! :)

    Way to go! You did a spectacular job!!!

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  4. You look so happy in the photos. I'm SO proud of you! Mama

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  5. You are too kind. I couldn't have done it without you! You're a great motivator!

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  6. Wow. I'm really impressed. I wish I could set my goals so high! Your accomplishments are motivation for me.

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  7. I am SO proud of you. I checked out the pictures. I love your shirt. I wear mine everywhere!

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  8. YEA for you!! You look great! I love the last photo of you with the big grin on your face.

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