Submitting drawings to a juried art show - my first time!
SIGNING UP for my FIRST HALF MARATHON :O)
|Deep down, my sister and I are trying hard not to throw up.|
So I signed up for my first half marathon, before my first 10K race with only five 5Ks under my belt. What was I thinking? Well, if Flea, from Red Hot Chili Peppers, can run the Buffalo Run Half Marathon and Drew Carey, who signed up for his first half marathon, had the guts to do it, then why not? Right?
Doing the 10K race anyway, despite not being able to really run the whole way.
|Me in yellow, yards away from the finish line, praying my painful calves wouldn't give out on me before I crossed the finish line.|
So when my wave start group crossed the start line, it took a great friend and a lot of mental strength to keep me at a jogging pace and to slow to a walk at each water stop. The ironic thing is, my lower back and ITB on my right leg did not bother me at all. It was my calf muscles that started twitching and totally scared the crap out of me! I did not want to give up. I wanted to finish even if I had to walk. So I slowed down to a walk whenever my calves started twitching. It was painful physically, mentally, and spiritually because the rest of my body was saying, "go, you have the energy! You have the cardio! I know I can do this!" But it was my calves that totally stopped me. So I ended up walking more than jogging. I almost walked over the finish line and I was like, "NO! It can't be over! I feel like I can keep going!"
But I finished and I did it. It's done. There is a next year. But man, was that a tough race result to accept. Well, it is what it is and at least I am rest assured I will have many more miles in front of me - risking everything for my first 10K was not worth it when I have a half marathon race coming up in November.