Today was the Tufts 10K which I ran with a group of lovely ladies that I've been training with for a few months. Here are most of us before the race, looking all bright-eyed and bushy tailed, ready to run. When we were doing our pre-race stretching a college newspaper reporter approached a few of us and asked a couple of questions. So this may be my 15 minutes of fame. If the article is posted online, I'll link to it on here. (But I wouldn't count on it.)
Here I am, crossing the finish line. My official time was 1:14:18 (5,256th place baby!) My goal was not to throw up and to finish when most of the people around me were running and not walking. Which I did, so I consider it a success.
At the finish line with my running buddy Bonnie who did lots of gym swaps and runs with me and who walked with me whenever I felt like I was about to puke or stop breathing. (Which was a lot.)
And my husband who has diligently supported me in my three month running career.
My biggest fan, who told me this morning that I wasn't going to win the race. (Thanks, son.) He was very excited to see me and gave me lots of kisses (and funny faces) at the finish line.
I'm not going to lie. It was hard and I didn't really love it as much as I hoped. I was counting on some race magic to kick in and give me a power I didn't know I had and that never happened. But I am really glad that I did it and will keep running in hopes that I will continue to get better. My next goal is to run all of a 5K. I am pretty sure this is the longest I've stuck with something that I wasn't naturally good at. I have a tendency to only do things that I immediatly excel in and to quit things that are hard. I guess that means that I'm finally an adult. Or something.
So to sum up, I have really great friends who push me to do things I never thought I'd do, let alone have the desire to do. I did something really hard for me and even though it wasn't a magical experience, I am glad that I did it and will probably do it again. If nothing else, I got a shirt and lots of free snacks at the end.