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5K race+4.4 miles at high school track = 7.5 miles today!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

So I didn't sleep worth a crap last night and I was essentially up at 5am this morning to make my 45 minute drive to the race. Everything was laid out last night including a change of clothes and stuff for a shower at my son's house. You see, there was also a parade to get o in the afternoon and I couldn't miss that, too. No wonder I couldn't sleep!!!! My husband and I drove separately so he could get back to work and I could catch candy from parade floats. I will say that I had 6 Tootsie Roll midgies but I did burn a CRAPLOAD and I mean CRAPLOAD of calories today.

As you cans ee in my photos that I met up with a fellow Sparker Katie (Hotpants) but her running ability far outshines mine at this point so we didn't see each other again.

Things happened so fast that I found myself on the start line hoping that no one would notice me...its a hometown thing. Right out of the chute there is a...HILL...and you in their right mind would pick that route. OBVIOUSLY they don't run! My daughter told me NOT to start out with gusto and so what did I do? YEP! I started out with gusto up that damned hill! Van Halen couldn't even jelp me even if I did turn up the volume. So I bucked it up and walked a little and then kicked her in again. I checked with my Nike+ thingy and my guy told me that we were only 0.8 miles in and I thought OH GOOD GOD just shoot me now.

At that time I decided to just watch the folks on the sidelines and see how many faces I recognized and that helped out ALOT. It wasn't long and we were at the turnaround point and guess who was there manning that wagter station? My dad! That took my mind off my imaginary problems for a long time (well in terms of 5K terms). I then decided I would aim for this chick with an Ohio Buckeyes tshirt on with a big zero on her back that I dubbed my target. It was my aim to pass her up. She pissed me off because she had the nerve to start running when I was pooping out. That figures. BUT BUT I FINALLY passed her up and I wanted so badly to turn around and say...nanner nanner nanner! But I was gasping for air that I couldn't do it if I REALLY intended to do it.

WAIT! What do I see up there in the distance? The final turn!!!!! PARTAY! But I was too pooped to partay at that point. I got to thinking...you see, in a 5K there is a heck of an amount of time to think. But I was thinking that when I am out running at home it NEVER seems like I have gone oh...maybe 20 miles like I obviously have gone so far this morning. So I make the turn and I was obviously in a huge gap between me and any other runners. OH CRAP!!! All the people downtown have their eyes on the nest victim...er...runner and its me in bright PINK and you cannot miss me. So here I come having no choice but to keep running even though I would have rather crawled to the finish but I was the martyr and let them watch me run and sputter to the finish. I am very sure that I heard myself say rather loudly HOLY CRAP as I ran through the chute.

So I DID IT!!!!

Time: 36:15...I have nowhere to go but FASTER!!!! I rock! emoticon

I did stick around for the awards just to make double sure I didn't place. Lets just say that I will always cherish my participation ribbon AND of course my Eager Beaver 5K tshirt.

After that I had plenty of time to kill before getting unscuzzed for the parade at 2:00. What did I do? I went up to the high school track that I loved and used alot before moving from Wilton. I ran and of course, walked another 4.4 miles PEOPLE! I felt great and I could go and go and go without thinking. That is what I love about tracks plus with the cushiness of the track it felt comfy.

So here we are and I DID IT!

ps...I think tomorrow I shall rest.
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  • no profile photo CD3514403
    emoticon job Laurie!! Accomplishing that is the best isn't it!!! Great pics! Keep melting the pounds away! emoticon
    4239 days ago
    Hey great job on the race!!! Sorry i didnt get to chat afterward, i had to get home fast to go to work. It was so great to see u there! U looked great!! I thought the race was NEVER gona end! I was sooo poooped. Keep up the great work, we r on our way!!! emoticon
    4241 days ago
    You look so happy! Very Very Very proud of you my friend!
    4241 days ago
  • FT4EVR
    Enjoyed reading all about your race day! Maybe you can help them design the race course next year.....didn't realize they would throw a hill in there! But you made it up the hill and you passed up the woman with the target on her back! Great job, Laurie! You finished the race!! And had a decent time too!! I think you did Sparktacular!

    4241 days ago
    I agree that the races always feel longer than when running alone!!! It looks like you did GREAT!!! YAY!!!! So... what was your time??? I ran mine in 38:48 on Saturday... I was hoping to do it in less than 39 minutes... so I did make my goal!
    4241 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3647960
    ps. you might want to move a bit before starting your rest as you may not want to get up again lol you did good
    4242 days ago
    emoticon emoticon There is nothing like your first 5k! I will never forget mine. It changed my life.
    4242 days ago
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