If you follow me on Twitter you know that my kids complained so much about coming to watch me run this race that I told them all to stay home. You also know that I barely slept the night before and was emotionally and physically exhausted. I had about a minute and a half in the driveway where I thought about not going. I was sure I’d run horribly. I wasn’t sure of the point. Then I thought, The point is that I signed up to do it, and I’ll feel awful if I don’t even show up. So I did.
My kids decided at the last minute that actually they did want to go, so their dad brought them, and that’s why I have some pictures to share with you. First, I’ll tell you that as soon as we turned the corner out of the school lot onto the street, I felt slow. I kept getting passed, too. But at the first mile, someone was calling out times, and I realized I was running at the best pace I could. Still, I kept getting passed, and still, I tried to run my pace, pushing myself but not overreaching. Remember that last week I ran this course in 26:39, happy to have finished in under 27 minutes. I set a new quiet goal of maybe finishing in under 26 minutes, but I didn’t think, the way I felt this morning, that I would.
Here I am heading towards the finish, trying to have a bit of a sprint/kick to the end. It was hard. But then I saw the big clock at the end, as I got closer, and realized I was going to finish in under 26 minutes. Elation!
And here I am afterwards, with the medal that every finisher received, and a cup of chocolate milk, which is my usual after. (A local dairy was there handing out chocolate and coffee milk to the runners.) My finishing time was 25:35, which is a pace of 8:15 per mile. That’s as quickly as I’ve run since I began running again this summer…so despite getting passed so much, I feel like I sorted out right where I belonged, and I’m really happy with how I finished. But if I do this again any time soon, I will try to get more sleep the night before.
And now I plan to get back to the art-and-creativity type posts!