Monday, March 23, 2009

We Did It!


On Saturday morning, we ran the 5K. There were six of us in our group. While I had fun with the girls, I did not enjoy the run.

Call me a wimp, or whatever you'd like, but I don't like extremes. Extreme cold? Blech. Extreme heat and humidity? I'll stay as close to the air conditioning as possible. I prefer the 60-80 degree days with no humidity. (Which are few are far between in Maryland.)

Saturday morning is was cold. I mean cold. I can now say, from experience, that 28 degrees is too cold to run. It's best to just stay at home in your warm toasty bed.

Okay, I thought. It's cold, but it's not that cold. (I was in complete and utter denial.) And then the race began. While there was a paved path along the route, most of the run was "cross country." Or, in other words: grass. Like in high school. Except, this wasn't the maintained, groomed fields of the school system. It was the uneven, "potholes," stuff-in-the-way kind of run. Like, ducking under a tree branch, jumping over branches and rocks, and swerving around dips in the ground. I did not particularly enjoy this. Every step of the way I wanted to quit. But I'm not a quitter, so I carried on.

I was never so happy to see the finish line. Especially with Joe and all of my children waiting there for me.

It was an experience I'll never forget. I ran it in 33:08. I'm hoping my next 5K (May 2nd) will be better. I have been contemplating a lot since Saturday morning. Maybe I'm not cut out to be a runner. Or maybe not a "racer." Or maybe I should just stick to running on the pavement or treadmill. I don't know the answer to that just yet. My friend wants to run it again next year. I think it will take a year for me to think long and hard about that one.

17 comments:

nikki said...

Great job and good time! I didn't know it wasn't a road race. May should be much warmer.

randi said...

Congratulations!

I finally started running last week with my son. We are going to do it twice per week (we also do Karate and I excercise on my elliptical) and try to do a 5K by the end of summer. We need a lot of time to practice! ;)

Diane said...

Congratulations! Well done - even if it wasn't enjoyable. You didn't give up!

Sonja said...

I read 5K and was impressed.
I read 28 degrees and am now in awe.
Congrats on keeping your chin up and finishing that run!!!

Sam said...

I did a 5 K WALK (I don't run and I was pretty pregnant at the time) and it was super foggy and cold that the fog was actually frozen. I had never seen something like that before. BTW, there were only 6people who did this 5K so good for you doing it even though it was cold!!

Gail :) said...

Congratulations!!!

Karyn said...

I'm so proud of you. Even though you didn't love it, you still did it. I would have stopped, looked at the grass, and turned around.

:)

You go girl!

misschris said...

Yay you!!! I'm proud of you, girl. :)

Especially because I'm also a weather wimp and I would have turned and ran back to my car.

jessi said...

Congrats Lera!

Myrnie said...

Good job! My husband is a runner, and I went out for the *first* time last week... I'm not so sure that I'm a runner :)

FinnyKnits said...

Congrats on your first Finish and race bib. Put that up where you can see it and let it inspire you for future runs.

I bet your next 5k will seem like nuthin' compared to this beast.

Many many hugs for this - a first race in 28 degree weather is nothing to sniff at. Maybe you ARE hardcore!

nikko said...

Great job! I would have wussed out at 28°. ;o)

I'm not a runner, but I'm pretending to be. I'm doing a 5k in two weeks. I'm just hoping to be able to run half of it. Walk the other half. LOL.

Stacey said...

Congrats..what an awesome accomplishment. I am with you on the cold though

Valerie said...

Congratulations!

Emily said...

Running is 90% mind over matter in my opinion. If you think you can, then you will. And running on grass is not my cup of tea either. I'd suggest a big run (think lots of people). They are pretty fun and are always paved!

amandajean said...

i'm so proud of you! (why on earth didn't they have the run on a decent path?)

cjh said...

Great job! Isn't running great? You should feel proud and wonderful for your accomplishment and keep up the good work.