The night before was the celebration of my grandmothers 81st birthday, if you know my family then you know that when it comes to celebrating – we love to celebrate! We also love tequila ;) As luck would have it there was no tequila and no staying up till morning. This momma had to go home and get to bed, get some rest and wake up at 5am (on a SUNDAY!!) So I said my goodbyes and my family wished me luck! I got home with my little Hailey Bear and I collected my things for the next day making sure I wouldn't wake to whole house getting ready. I got into bed and knew from the start that sleep was not coming easy, so I got out my handy dandy IPad and started reading Runners World Magazine (what else what I be reading the night before a run??) by this time it was 11:30pm and sleep seemed to be hours away. Then I came across a good bit of advice –
Don’t sweat a sleepless night.
Fretting over not catching enough Z’s is what hurts your confidence- and your race – not the lack of sleep itself.
Maybe it’s just what I needed to hear, maybe who should argue with the experts – who knows but just like that lights were off and so was I, not only did I fall asleep, I stayed asleep.
The next morning I got up at 5am, made my way to the kitchen and drank water (hydration, hydration), I went around in the dark and got ready and then I kissed my hubby good bye! He said “good luck & I’m nervous for you” LOL! Nerves what nerves?? Then I stepped outside and the greatest thing in the world had happen overnight… it got freaking cold!
We met up inside a pavilion at the Sam Houston Race Track, thank goodness because it chilly outside! While we waited for things to get started we made sure we got a picture together all dolled up and with our costumes before we got all sweaty and our hair got all crazy! Cindy was cool, and got us masks to tie everything together! Don’t we look good ;) Also another friend of mine was there! I was excited to see her there –I had an idea that she had been running too and she always told me that she wanted to run 5K, turns out that she was there to run the 10K! AWESOME!
we got the “go ahead” to get to the start line, again Cindy made a bee line for
the front! Crazy girl, anyway we stood there shivering cold, everyone around us
was reassuring someone that it would feel better once we started running- of course it will! We could not hear
what the announcer was saying very clearly so we never did hear them say GO! It was more like everyone started
going and so we started running! Right
away people started to pass me up – every ounce in you wants to speed up and
not get left behind – but you have to know better than that, last thing I
wanted to do is to burn up all my energy. So I checked my watch and paced
myself - MY RACE MY PACE! – is what I kept telling myself. We ran the track one
full time and then about ¾ of the way the second time, the track was sand and I couldn't help wondering if this was what it would feel like if I run at the
beach?? (I think I see a beach 5K in my future!!) After the second time around they lead us out to the main road that
runs the outer perimeter to the Sam Houston Race Track.
|All pretty and ready to go!!|
Mostly the first three miles were nice and easy I kept slowing myself down over and over still afraid I’d burn myself out, oh! And be careful what you pray for! Most running days I am praying for three things – NO SUN, NO HEAT and when possible a little RAIN. Hummm.. it was nice and cold, no sun AND it started raining… HA! Take that you incredible woman! The whole time I am thinking – I got this, see all these people running with me! I got this – and then the 5K runners turned and left me.all.alone. I almost laughed out loud! I could see a few in front of me, so I just decided to catch up, after all I could see them before so if a catch up to them, then I could just pace myself with them and NOT BE ALONE! This plan worked for a little while because as runners do, once someone has “caught up” then some might simply run faster! Nice. Was I the last one? Either way I did not get too far behind them actually I checked my pace, evaluated how I felt and knew there was still energy there. I did not feel like I was dragging I felt really strong so I did keep my pace just a few feet behind them.
After mile 5 I really knew I had the energy I needed to make it to the end I picked up my pace (and so did the ones in front of me) by the time we were directed to head back into the Sam Houston Race Track parking lot I felt really good, I picked up pace some more. In the end it was my fastest mile I’ve ever run 11:08!! I picked it up in the last stretch and so did my fellow runners, I wish I could say I passed them all up leaving them to eat my dust!! HA! No that did not happen I did pass one runner and finished within just steps of the others – BUT I know one thing – I finished! As I came across that finish line I saw two things – Cindy cheering me on! And the time clock as it rolled over from 1:13 to 1:14 giving me a clock time of 1:14:08 and a chip time of 1:13:57!!
Quickly they starting to post results and we found out that Cindy and Alma were in the top 10 in their age brackets! AWESOME!! I could not be more proud of them; this journey would never be same without them. Most days I run alone in my neighborhood on my own time at my own pace, but I’m not really alone… Cindy and Alma are there running too somewhere working hard just like me. When we get together we get to encourage and inspire each other and that is an amazing feeling. I know that my courage to do this would not be as strong if I was flying solo, SO at the end of the race I’m glad I have them there to embrace :) Who could ask for anything more? Well other than a faster pace…LOL! Just kidding!Here is a breakdown of my time in retro-spec I think I could have finished faster but I’ll take it. From feeling like I was going to dye waaaaaaay back in January when I was trying to run for two minutes straight to running my first 10K I gotta say I’m proud of myself!
Lap 1 - 12:35
Lap 2 - 12:41
Lap 3 - 12:09
Lap 4 - 12:00
Lap 5 - 11:42
Lap 6 - 11:08
Lap 7 - 09:56