Monday, May 26, 2008
Memorial Day 5k
I didn't enter the race to win. In fact I was pretty confident that I would be the last one to cross the finish line. But I was determined to run the entire 3.2 miles, even if my running is slower than most people's walking. This is a really big deal for my nonathletic, super competitive self. For the first 32 years of my life, if I couldn't be the best or at least hold my own in an activity, I avoided it at all costs. (Sewing, any and all sports, playing a musical instrument, singing in public, chess, etc...). I never really bought the whole, at least you tried philosophy. Well, I have decided that I can't set that kind of example for my children. I think I missed out on a lot of fun as a kid because I was so worried about someone thinking I was really bad at something. So now that I am a mom, I am going to do things that I am really bad at. I am going to learn to sew and I am going to run in 5ks, even if I am as slow as molasses.
So I know you are wondering how I did. I ran the whole thing with my friend Christena, we didn't walk a single step. I made it in 33 minutes and 44 seconds. (Told you I am slow). The fastest time was under 19 minutes. I wasn't the slowest, though the surprising thing is, I really don't care. Finishing really was enough for me. Challenging myself has been euphoric and I am on what I suppose is a runner's high.
Chad also finished the race, though a little bit behind me. (He doesn't want me to list his time). He had injured himself training and has been limping all weekend. He has flat feet and new shoes, but he still finished. It was the longest distance he says he has ever run. Now it is my turn to embarrass him a little. Not only did my handsome hubby finish, he also stopped and helped a little 4 year old who had fallen off his bike and was crying with a skinned knee and elbow. (He plays it off and says, "Well I wasn't winning anyways" but I know he would have stopped even if he was in first place). A man that stops to help a child...well, there is nothing hotter to me than that! His kindness is why I married him. Chad, you are awesome!
Also wanted to say a special thanks to Aenea who watched my boys at the church so we could run! And to Christena who was my motivation. I couldn't have run it without you by my side the whole way!