Unfortunately due to us running late & me leaving my phone in the car, I don’t have any fancy pictures, but here is my bib #:
Again, due to my father dying of a heart attack at the age of 34 (I was 10 years old), the cause is something that means a lot to me.
Am I not the cutest 1 year old ever?? OF COURSE I AM!! Sorry for the quality…that’s a picture of a picture. But it just goes to show that my cuteness can cut through layers of films. ;-)
Well people…I'm going to "list" this recap. A lot of things that could have went wrong did at times. So lets start:
- I had to wake up at 6 am on a Saturday. Um…that sucks. That’s all I have to say about that
- The weather, which has been sunny & in the 50’s-60’s decided to be in the upper 30’s today with rain & winds blowing about 14 mph. This race was next to a giant lake so that just made the winds worse.
- Since parking was limited & we didn't want to travel OUT of our way to take some shuttle we had to walk about 1/2 a mile to get to the Start/Finish line.
- After I check to make sure I’m all registered I learned that there would be no chip timing. Why even give us Bib #’s then?? Not a huge deal since I had my iPod with my Nike+ with me…..or did I????
- I get to the start line & realize that I do not have my iPod with me. I felt naked. I KNEW I brought it with me. I’ve never ran without music, let alone a race. I was really upset about this. Thankfully on his way back to the car, Frankie found it lying on the side of the road. I only had to run for about a minute or two before he was there at the side waiting to hand it to me. I love him!! Thank you to those who walked right by it and were not assholes enough to pick it up.
- My pace was good. I was keeping a 10’30 for the first half of the race and keeping up with a lot of runners. But in this race you had a 3 mile and 5 mile option and before I knew the majority of the crowd turned around to run the 3 mile. This kind of bummed me out.
- The last half of the race was AWFUL. By far the hardest conditions I’ve ran in & the hardest fight I’ve had in a race. The wind was *WICKED*!! It was cold & raining and the wind was literally taking the breath from me. I had 2 light asthma attacks, and of course did not have my inhaler. My breathing exhausted me and between that and the wind I was up to a 11’30” pace.
- The last mile felt ok. There were two hills that kind of killed me but I was just so happy to be at the end.
- Crossing the finish line was no big to-do. Because of the weather most people had left, but as usual I had the best man ever waiting there for me.
I’m tired and I’m sore. I hate hate hate HATE hate hate running in the wind. Especially the wind, rain and cold. My chest hurts and I’m definitely feeling fatigued.
But at the same time, I feel great!! I know that I accomplished what I set out to do. I knew what the conditions I was about to run in would be like and instead of not going, or taking the 3 mile route, I stuck to my original plan and went and did the whole 5 miles. Not to mention, I did not stop or walk once.
So all in all, it wasn’t a bad race. As we were leaving a majority of the crowd was just coming in because the Start! Walk was about to being in another hour and that it was draws the biggest crowd at this event. It was great to see how many runners there were though that are survivors of heart & stroke related conditions. It just goes to show you what a little inner strength can do!!
Overall I’m glad I ran this race and knowing the money I raised, no matter how small it may have been compared to some, is going to a great cause really gives me a great feeling of satisfaction.
This lady deserves a few beers tonight. ;-)
I hope you are all having a great weekend!! XOXO