Tuesday, May 04, 2010

5-Mile Road Race

Well, I did it.  A 5-mile road race all by myself!  I have never NOT run a race with a friend before, and I have to say, this was pretty tough.

I was a headcase the entire 5 miles.

Let me back up first.

Neither Hubby, nor my children, have ever watched me run a road race.  In all fairness, there really haven't been all that many.  And when I first started running, in 2007, I had a 2 and a 3 year old.  Not exactly great ages to schlep to boring races. 

So this past Saturday was going to be the FIRST TIME EVER that my family was going to see me run.  I figured since I wasn't running with a friend, that this, seeing them at the finish line, would be all the motivation I needed to make it to said finish line with a fairly decent time (my goal was to run it under 50 minutes).

Except the phone rang at 8:48 a.m.  To see if Eldest could play baseball up on AAA with the 9 year olds for a game at 9:00 a.m.

My race started at 10:00.

Instant chaos ensued, with Eldest scrambling to get into his uniform and me hastily throwing clothes at Middle and Baby to get them dressed.  All 4 of them were out the door at 9:02.

And I was to go do my race alone.

Which I did.
The beet red face proves it.

But it was a totally different experience running without a friend.  I had no one to stand with at the starting line.  No one to make fun of the men in their shorty running shorts.  (WHY??? For the love of God, WHY???)
No one to complain with that Mile 2 was ALL UPHILL. No one to vent to that it was hot.  And that I was thirsty.  And that my music wasn't motivating me.  And that I had to pee.

And did I mention that I was hot?  And that I had to pee?

So yeah. 

And when there was water, I managed to choke on it.  Which then made me cough.  Which then may or may not have made me pee a little.

Thankfully it was so hot though that I could totally say it was SWEAT and NOT PEE.

Anyway, I just could NOT get into a groove. I felt like CRAP the entire race. I contemplated quitting. I contemplated walking.

But I did neither.  I trucked on.

And finished.


And then got into my car, blasted the air conditioning, took the above picture, and drove home...

...to my family who STILL has yet to see me run a race.


Rebecca said...

OMG...I might run with you just to make fun of those running shorts...I'm with you...why???

Congrats!!! So proud of you! I get totally red faced too and love it!

Classy Fab Sarah said...

You go girl!! You totally did it!! Yay for you!

justme said...

wahoo !!! good for you, and it was hot hot hot there ???

Dorene said...

Hey Congrats!

And I *almost* watched that race. My son scraped his knee as we were walking there. By the time I walked back home, patched him up and got back, everyone had passed. But, my husband and daughter were there cheering everyone on at the corner of Carroll and Bicknell.

Alexandra said...

NO WAY! I am so jealous, but proud of you at the same time.

Fantastic. I gotta become you.

Tania - Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Dammit woman! If you run next year - TELL ME! I would have been at the finish line cheering you on.

Congrats on finishing!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry your family wasn't there, but I'm so proud of you for running!!! I am envious. If I could find a sport bra powerful enough to contain these girls, I might start running again.

Mary Ellen said...

Yea! Congrats to you! Trucking on is hard to do, but I'm sure you're glad you did!!!

Adriana said...

wow congrats! thats so awesome.

Amy said...

YEAH for you!!!!!!!!!

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Kathy said...

Great job! I have signed up for two 5Ks in the past twelve months - and haven't actually been able to run in either because of last minute changes in my husband's work schedule and lack of childcare - but I am still plugging away at training!


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