Well, I wrote about my concerns and fears. And here we go......MF faced her fears and put herself out there and pushed and this is what happened!
On Friday afternoon and evening I made a bit of a boo boo. I worked around the house, cleaning and moving furniture. Round about 7PM my legs ACHED! I was nervous. On no!!! But undaunted I laid out my clothes so that I didn't have to think about what to put on early in the morning. I set my alarm for 5:45 and knew that I wanted to leave the house at about 6:30. I wanted to be there when the preregistered lines opened. I was hoping to get a close parking spot so I didn't have to trek back and forth to my car. I went to bed and fell asleep and fell right to sleep. My sleep was interrupted when Todd finally came to bed but I was good.
Saturday morning I woke up early, before the alarm. I liked that. It gave me the chance to lay in bed for a few minutes and wake up gradually.....so when the alarm went off I was ready to roll. It didn't take me long to get ready and I even had a bit of time to sit back and relax while eating my breakfast. After my last bite was chewed, my laces tightened and my HR monitor on, I headed out the door.
I arrived at the location early and had GREAT parking. I walked over to the registration and picked up my swag bag and my bib. It was just a hop skip and a jump and I headed over to get my timing chip. And then began the WORST part of the day. I had about 50 minutes until the race started. I affixed my bib and attached my timing chip. My car was close (thank heavens) so I sat in my car and picked up my kindle. Yes, I had wisely brought it along anticipating the long wait. I read the time away. My aunt walked by and talked to me for a few minutes, but she was with her friend so it was short lived. I kept reading. With about 10-15 minutes I moved to the start area. I of course chit chatted with a few people and petted some doggies (this was after all put on by the humane society so dogs were more than welcome). Ironically enough, the start line had me positioned near my aunt and a lady that I know from the Sharpsburg area. I chit chatted with them and then we were off.
Immediately I was shocked. I picked up my comfortable pace and I was weaving around people and moving forward a bit. Yeah, there were a bunch of people passing me by but I was passing others by. That kind of felt good. Almost instantaneously my breathing went wonkers. My first thought was "on no" I looked at my HR monitor and yes, my HR was high. I knew that I wasn't dying that I was just keyed up so I just settled myself down....breathed deeply and slowed it down a tick until I got myself under control.
I was wearing headphones but listening low enough that I could hear the talking around me. I saw a lady just ahead of me that was running my pace. I kept pace with her until she started walking. I wished her good luck and kept going. I was still running and I was feeling good. My HR was higher than I normally run but I wasn't concerned. I heard my aunt behind me and realized that we were running about at the same pace. I started to wonder.....you see, she ran a race last Sunday and did it in 37 minutes. I kept going. We had an incline and I ran up that puppy. Admittedly I had to walk for about 10 seconds afterward. No...I didn't HAVE to walk...I did walk and then realized that I was walking and didn't need to so I picked it back up. I passed the first mile marker and kept going. My aunt at the water station took a cup of water and threw it at me...I laughed and turned around and acted like I was shakin' my goods at her. I swiveled around and kept running. I was just having run.
I then noticed all the young girls. Elementary age......Girls on the Run was running in this race. It's an elementary based program where they have a 12 week running program and then the girls run a 5k. This was the 5k they selected. Some of the girls were getting tired and I had fun encouraging them as I either I passed them or they passed me. It was simple stuff a "You got this!" or "You are doing great!" It helped me. I was keeping rough pace with a group of 4 of these girls and their mother. (they were two sets of twins and best friends to boot). They would run and then back off to a walk so we were leap frogging because I was running the whole time. Every time I would come up on them I would say in a sing song voice "the old lady is catching up and passing you by" They would take off and skip away and just laugh. So I had some fun with them. It helped the time pass and kept me going.
I admittedly walked about MAYBE 30 seconds....TOTAL.
Finally I saw the finish line. I had done it. I wasn't thinking about my time other than to know that my Aunt was still within spitting distance (she and I had leapfrogged through the run also as she walked on occasion). I rounded the corner and came up upon the finish line and I couldn't believe my eyes. The clock was showing 38 minutes! What???? No way!! NOOOOOOO Freaking way!!!!!! I finished strong!!!!!!!!
My official time 38 minutes and 20 seconds!