And I thought I would die.
We were supposed to have our first 5k last weekend. But we got a bunch of snow Thursday night into Friday. It is April after all. So the 5k got moved to today. Which was way better because it was about 55 degrees at start time. With the sun shining! We ran the St Paul Saints 10 annual Running of the Pigs 5k. My first race at a baseball stadium! I’m going to be honest. It was a challenge! I didn’t train much, so I knew I would be walking pretty much the whole way. There weren’t as many people there as I was expecting. So I knew I would be in the back of the pack. At this point I was wishing I signed up for the Zero K. They had that. Here is a picture of the Zero K start and finish. They look so happy!
But I had this girl with me. We were ready to rock and roll!
The race started out fine. We started at home plate and ran around the stadium’s warning track. Very cool. Then it all went to crap.
Here are some thoughts I had:
Mile1: Huh, that was only one mile? I could have sworn it was much more.
That’s Mudonna, the mascot, kicking everyone’s ass. You know you are out of shape when someone in a full pig costume and skirt is miles a head of you. 😛
Right after the mile 1 marker I looked behind me and there was a couple [older] ladies chatting and further back there was a group of 3 or 4 people. So I wasn’t last. I can handle that.
Then the ladies passed me. Ok. Fine. Still not last. I hit the first turnaround point. And all of a sudden the police barricade was riding my ass. Literally. The car was following me. With a bunch of cars behind it. I was thisclose to taking a picture because it was so ridiculous. So resetting the scene for you: Old lady [we are talking 80ish] about 50 yards ahead of me and parade of card behind me. I am really wanting to quit. I can’t slow down because there are all these cars watching me! Where the heck did those other people go?!?!
Right before Mile 2: I am just going to pull off the side and go in this parking lot and call Jeremy to pick me up. I can use Avery fussing as an excuse. Ok just right up here. And I was all set to do it when…
This car going the opposite direction rolls the window down and the lady inside says”You are doing so awesome! Keep it up!! Woo!” Sigh. That lady is my new favorite person. Honestly, I was going to quit. But I didn’t want to let that stranger down. So I kept going. I tried not to let the old lady get too far ahead of me. There were more runners going the opposite direction cheering me on. I love strangers. It helped soooo much!
We hit the second turnaround, I think that was just under the Mile 3 mark. Then there was a sidewalk. Old Lady and I went onto it because we were feeling like we were going to get run down. But, Hallelujah! I could slow down a little. And get my breathing back under control.
We were running by the stadium again. The end was getting close. I. Can. Do. This. Jeremy came back with me and was encouraging me. We ran back around the track and back over home plate! I finished! And under an hour. And I was DEAD LAST! But you know what. I FINISHED. And I felt good for not quitting. I wanted to [8000 times] but I didn’t. So, I win!
The Old Lady finished just before me. I closed the gap a little. She tells me good job, I do the same to her. Then she’s saying how she got lost a little because she is mostly blind and lost track of where to go when the pack thinned out. Um. Are you kidding me?! I suck at running. But, you know, good for her. She is way more awesome the I am. Mostly blind and kicking my ass.
There was a picnic for us after the race. Yay free food! Avery kept trying to steal the root beer.
I have another 5k in two weeks. I will be training a little more and there will be a lot more people there. So between those changes, I plan to come in not last. 😀
Oh! I heard some words of wisdom that I have now made my life motto. A man was talking to two ladies. He was showing them how his running socks matched his shorts. The ladies were impressed. He told them, “If I’m not going to win the race, I might as well look good.” Amen.