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. *