So Nov 8 2009 I completed my first 5k run in the Operation Troop Appreciation Race. I was great!!!!!!!!!!!! Official time 29:44/ 9:35 pace 124/ 213 overall 5/9 age 24-29. My goals were 1) not be last, 2) try for 30:00 so I met my goals.
I was sweating like a pig when we got there and felt like I wanted to puke. Then I got my bib and time chip and got ants in my pants to get the race over. Tracy and I warmed up with a short jog around the lot, it seemed like forever before we had to line up and then forever more before the gun, but then I was off. Not too fast, knew not to tyr to keep up with Tracy but was happy to see that I was able to keep her in my sight except around a few bends.
I was nervous about the hill, and as we rounded the high school we started down hill and I figured that it wouldn't be too bad coming back so the nerves over that left me until I rounded the bend and saw the REAL BIG HILL infront of me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I tried to run it but it about killed me so I walked it. Once at the top I picked up the pace and tried to make up some time. But then going down the hill hurt my shins so I had to slow way down.
As a came back arround the high school and saw that I can decreased the distance between myself and Tracy I was excited, then is was in view: The FINISH LINE of my first race!!!!!!!!!!!! Tears welled up in my eyes and I blinked them back, I didn't want anyone to see me cry.
I could see my sweet little Maddie waving and cheering with Emma and Sam and Tracy cheering and taking pictures I waved as I headed in cheering inside for myself, and MAddie ran out to cross the finish line with me. And it was over and I was breathless, but not from the running but from the excitement.
I and accomplished something that I was so scared of and it was great. Sam and Tracy were so supportive, and Sam has planted the idea of a 1/2 in my head for next May!
After some water/apples/music we loaded the tired little girls into the car and headed home. My first race was over, now there is no turning back I must keep running, the only question is how far will I go.....