So today was my 5K. Before I get too deep in the details, let me set the stage:
Last night my 20 month old daughter began throwing up at 7:30pm. This lasted until about 10:30pm when she finally was too exhausted to do anything else, except fall asleep to the Velveteen Rabbit - a family favorite. With the swine flu epidemic (oh, I am sorry - Influenza A H1N1) closing down 4 schools in my town this week, you can only imagine what my mind was thinking. After a restless night and several trips to the bathroom (I am nearly 5 months pregnant now), I woke up at 6:15 to a yucky raining, windy day - YUCK! Did I really have to go out there for 3 miles. When it rains, I go to the gym to get exercise so having to do my event in the rain wasn't exactly how I had this whole thing planned out.
After fighting off the bliss of leaving a warm bed and a snuggly husband, I made it out of the house, water bottle in hand and ready to accomplish my goal. I got to the race on time, with plenty of space to park and time to grab a decaf cappuccino. Yum...
With 15 minutes still left to stretch, I made my way to the start and chatted with other participants there. For many it was a first 5K or the tenth 10K for others (inspiring to say the least). It seemed like in a flash the turnout went from dismal to completely packed by race start.
Since I knew I wasn't racing and instead simply a participant, I decided to keep to the back and begin my race once the true athletes had their turn. I was surrounded by hundreds of people who were supporters of the cause, happy to be walking or running in the rain knowing that they were getting exercise AND helping to raise thousands of dollars for the Children's Hospital. Since my partner (my daughter) was out with the flu, I decided to keep to myself, turn up the ipod and get a good pace going. It is funny, becuase emotionally I went from not really wanting to be out in the rain, pregnant and cold knowing my daughter was home with the flu; to absolutely loving the moment, happy that I was making the trek and proud of myself for sticking to my goal.
I ended up having so much fun. I ran when I could and walked when I needed to get my heart rate back to below 140 bpm. It is hard to make yourself slowdown when you are on a roll, but Doc said that I need to stay below 140 so I did my best Needless to say, I finished the race in under 43 minutes, so I accomplished my goal. Overall, the program was so much fun and I was thrilled to be a part of it all. Even with the surprise of getting pregnant -- all in all -- this was an experience that will definitely transpire throughout my life as well as in the coming months, as I hope reading our blog's will also help motivate you! Good luck to everyone in their upcoming events, I wish you nothing but success.
Before you leave the post - I do have additional photos that I am trying to get into this post, but for some reason, I am not able to select them. IT is working on it, but for now if you want to see them, please click on the images below (attached).
Cheers' to all and go get em' - signing off - Active_Jess