run, run, run

photo(10)Thirty eight degrees!? Seriously?! …let me back up a bit…

As I told you, I have been doing the Couch to 5K workout.  And feeling ‘athletic’ and…admittedly smug.  I liked to drop into conversations, “I ran this morning.”, with nonchalance.

So when I visited my chiropractor a few weeks ago, the wonderful receptionist (her official title is “director of first impressions”…for real! It says it on her badge!), Brooke, handed me a flyer that said Health Adjustment 5K.  It was advertising a 5K that was sponsored by the local chiropractic clinics. Well, I have the best chiropractor on the planet…and of course, I ‘run’ now. It seemed a perfect opportunity!  I sent Tasha the information and asked her if she wanted to do it. She was enthusiastic, so we both registered.

Now can we mention that this 5K was outdoors? In my being new to this ‘running’, it vaguely occurred to me, that running outdoors was going to be a bit different from running indoors.  That running on a treadmill or elliptical would be different than running outdoors…but really, I thought, “how different can it be?”

OK, so back to where you came in… Yes, 38 degrees…on the morning of my first 5K. I almost went back to bed…but Tasha wouldn’t let me. So we got up, put on our Keep Calm and Chive On shirts, covered them with layers of other shirts, put on hoodies, and headed out.  I got my hat too.

There were quite alot of people there when we got there…all sitting in their cars, waiting for the race to begin. We went to the Envive registration place, got our packets, with oh-so-many goodies! 2 different Tshirts, an energy bar, BioFreeze, instructions and the all important number. I was “354”.  And then we waited in the car…I was nervous…it was freezing out, and Tasha wasn’t going to let me quit and go home, if I got cold or tired. I hoped I would be done by noon (the race began at 9am)…I should also probably mention that I had no idea how far 5K was.

The man in charge lined us up at the starting line- “serious runners in front, joggers in the middle, and walkers in the back”. And away we went…and I ran…for awhile. And then I walked…Tasha was way ahead of me. My goal was to keep her in my line of sight for the race. So when she got far away, I ran, when I got tired, I walked.  I wondered how far we would have to go. The course had a loop at the end and then you were supposed to turn around and come back the same way. I passed some people here and there.  And then I saw the first person coming back…awesome! It couldn’t be that much farther then, to the turn around place…it was.

Down a hill, thru another park, under a bridge, past another park, thru some trees, past another park, under another bridge and FINALLY, I could see the lovely Sanford ladies waiting to give us water at the turn around. I wanted to conjure up the speed to grab the water as I sprinted by, crush the cup and throw it aside…but I walked by, said ‘thank you’, drank it as I went around and calmly put the empty cup on their table as I went back by.

By the last part of the race, I was only jogging the downhill stretches…but as the finish came up, I summoned some energy for a run across the line. I have to say, I wasn’t feeling very “athletic” anymore… But now it is totally authentic to say, “I ran this morning.”

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