Sunday, April 27, 2008

I'm not broke but you can see the cracks

Thank you all so much for your advice and suggestions.

The first two miles of the race were perfect...the third mile, well...

I stuck to the routine. Got up at 5:30 had my banana and Luna bar a little coffee and a lot of water.

The entire pit crew cam along...Mom picked Scott and me up and we headed to Dalton.

This was a very unique experience in that there were all types of people there. There was a 2K, an un timed 2K and the 5K. There were groups from all over the area competing for a participation award. There were businesses, schools, a group of Fire Fighters and a group of Marines. 5,935 people of all shapes and sizes participated. This year's Bill Gregory Health care Classic saw a record number of participants.

We lined up for the 5k and after they changed the starting line 3 times we were off. The first mile went great. There was a huge hill and I charged up it. The second mile was equally good and my times in the first and second mile were almost identical.

The day did not turn out as expected. It did not was a beautiful, but humid, day. I decided on the starting line that I was going to go the "run until I am tired" route. There were two more hills on the second mile and that was the only walking I did. Right after I passed the two mile marker I decided I would do a walk/run the third mile.

All of this is to lead up to the fact that the third mile was THE WORST.

Right after that there was the fourth hill, that just about killed me. At this point I really felt myself overheating and I started to feel a bit light headed. So, for the entire third mile I walked a minute and ran a minute...until the huge hill at the end that it took me two minutes to walk up and then I ran the last two minutes into the shoot. I have never seen so many people at the end of a race - it was amazing...every person was welcomed with a huge burst of support.

Mile 1: 11:21
Mile 2: 11:23
Mile 3: 12:27

Total time: 35:11
I walked about 500 yards, caught my Mom's eye and sat down in the shade. I was not sure if I was going to throw up or pass out. Scott got me some water and some orange wedges and I sat there for about 10 minutes and regrouped. In addition to a rather normal T Shirt we did get a cool backpack bag:

We hung out a little while longer and watched folks come in and then we headed out.

Following the aftermath last weeks post race meal I decided to stick with ole' faithful and we headed to IHOP for pancakes! Those were the best pancakes I have ever had!

I am SO happy that Momma and Scott were there with me. We ended up without a camera so I made sure that we got a picture of the crew back at the house.

I have spent a lot of time reflecting on this race. I did not reach my goal, I did awful on the third mile and I felt sick at the end. I can see myself walking away from this one feeling sorry for myself.

But with reflection I think I have put some things into perspective. Ironically, this race was one month to the day that I ran for the first time since last summer. So, with less than a month of preparation I ran two 5Ks with consistent times. While I did not reach my goal this race I think I would be shallow to think that reaching a goal was all this race was about. It was about Dr. Gregory and what he meant to my so many other peoples lives!

I can honestly say...I am proud of myself!

After a nice long nap we went to Aunt Jan's for a tailgate party before we all went to the Lookouts game. You all know how much I LOVE baseball:

But...with this crew you can not, NOT have fun!

We never got the expected rain yesterday, but it hit us this morning. I am hoping that it will cleat so that I can work in the garden. Otherwise I am looking forward to a quiet day at home!

Take Care

I'm alive
I'm being born
I just arrived, I'm at the door
Of the place I started out from
And I want back inside


teacherwoman said...

I think you did great with your 5K despite the frustration and difficulty in the 3rd mile. Nice job!

Baseball season is definitely here... and I HEART baseball! :)

Colleen said...

Wow... sounds like a TOUGH race with all those hills. I think you did FABULOUS! Sub 12 first 2 miles with hills - that's awesome! And to do a good 3rd mile (it wasn't nearly as bad as you made it sound) while feeling like you were overheating, you should be pretty darn proud of yourself! You are completely right... it's not about hitting your goal, it's about so much more. Way to go chica!!!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I don't think anyone likes hills in a race! Bleck!

I think you did a good job. Be proud.

Plus, I like those sling backpacks that you got with the t-shirt.

And almost 6000 participants? That's crazy!! But awesome support for the cause, huh?

Alili said...

Great job out there. I always feel like 5ks are the hardest races to do. You were out there getting it done, awesome job!

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice run, despite the crappy mile 3! And it's great you got to take in a game too!!!!

tri-dogmom said...

You've come really far, and there is plenty of time to reach your goal!!!

Danielle said...

Hey, don't be hard on yourself. Doing two races so soon after starting, it will take a while to get back to it. I didn't get to respond on the run walk early or not, but personally I've heard that it's best to do it early and if you can, do more running at the end. I have only ever done the run walk on longer races, but just run slower for all of them...just something to think about. I'd say see how you feel in running it both ways...

Borsch said...

Awesome job charging those hills! Way to stay positive!