I took a break last year. This year I entered as a RUNNER! I had nervous poopies that morning. I had nightmares that night...once of which included me starting the race with my laptop bag and purse...and then having to run into the hotel I was staying at to check my bags. Tragic.
But we showed up. Here I am pinning my lady. It's like prom. But not really. I like my shirt. Bought it for two reasons. Count them. #1. It is neon which makes me look tan. #2...which you would have never guessed bc you can't see the back, it is razor back which flatters my lady back muscles. Heather was terribly sick. She got sick a few days prior, and never gets a cold...but gave up chewing her fingernails for Valentines Day...as my gift...I would have preferred diamonds....or a boat. But whatever...and anyways...she thinks she got sick bc BITING HER nails keeps her immune system built up bc she gets germs in her mouth on a more regular basis...to which I SAY...I got some germs for your mouth.
However, that's neither here nor there.
Anyways, for this race I weighed in at 182 and my goal was to get in under 33 minutes.
Carmen and I postrace. That's our powerpose. Just in case you were wondering.
That's my coworker Rusty, and also my running hero. He won the race. He wins lots of races. He ran a race in Nashville with 22,000...and came in 16th! Rusty and I do motivational/humorous speeches together around Florida for different events. We make a good comedic team.
No one understood me.
I laughed at myself. And that's what matters.
Group shot. Toe point. You dig? Me. Carmen. Liz, and Heather.
I finished in 30:27. Not bad. Damn...I was close to being under 30! Next time. Heather, despite her sickness, one 3rd in our age group. 27:04. Good girl.
I think we are doing a 10k in a couple of weeks. I will keep you posted. I am going to go home and run one tonight, just to make sure I am not so slow that "sad wagon" (I dont know what it's really called, but it follows the last person in the race and then picks you up if time runs out) won't have to pick me up. My goal is to do it under 63 minutes. Hmmm...might be a stretch goal.
I know there are a lot of us who have walked/ran/crawled in races. For those of you who are hesitant or scared to sign up...I encourage you to do it. It doesnt matter if you walk or run. If you are giving it your all, you will feel good about yourself when you finish. Find a smaller race if you want, get a buddy. It helps keep you motivated.