Saturday, October 20, 2007

5K Done!!

Well, this morning was my Halloween Hustle 5K. It was a beautiful morning weather wise. It looked like a good turn out. I'm not sure how many came last year. This is only the 2nd year for this event. My goal for this race was to do it in under 1 hour.

Well, I finished and I finished in under 1 hour. My unofficial time was 55:13.

I was a little disappointed with how the race was run. They considered this a 5K run/walk. The police that were blocking intersections so we could cross left before I got to them. There was only 1 cop blocking an intersection that I crossed and I thanked her. I did not feel very safe on this course and it will make me rethink if I do this event again next year or not. I will be emailing or calling the race director. I probably would have had a better time if I didn't have to wait for traffic to cross the street twice. One time I almost had to wait a full minute because of traffic. I was very frustrated.

On the flip side of that it was the most beautiful day we have had in a long time. I enjoyed being outside, excercising, and enjoying God's beauty. I had to keep changing my inner dialogue.

Here are the things I was telling myself after crossing the first busy intersection:
-Why did I want to do this?
-I could be back in bed.
-Why do I do these events when I know I'll be in last place?
-Am I ever going to lose this weight?

Here is what I changed my inner dialogue to:
_I'm doing this race because I deserve to be happy.
-I'm so happy I didn't stay in bed this morning.
-Thank you God for a beautiful day.
- Because of me friends have signed up for 5K's and triathlons. I encourage others to make change, so I can't stop now.
-I am going to lose this weight becasue I hate being last at 5K's
-I'll never be able to run a 5K if I never do them, so YEAH ME!!
-I will run my 5K's by this summer.
-My family and myself are so important to me I will make a change.

Here are some things that I am very proud about today (in random order)
-I finished my 5K even though I was very discouraged on the course. The thought of quitting never even crossed my mind.
-I didn't litter on the race course. I am very picky about race litter and don't want these little communities wishing we'd never been there.
-I changed my negative talk into positive, which can be very hard.
-I won an honorable mention medal for my halloween costume. It was a t-shirt that said THIS IS MY COSTUME and a GOOFY hat.
-I met up with my family after the race to spend some time with them even though I really wanted to go back to bed and sleep.
-I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with tomato only at McDonald's after the race. They made it wrong 2 times and I stuck to my guns until they got it right. In the past I would have just kept the one with Mayo on it instead of standing up for myself.
-I already have a plan in place for my next 5K, next month.
-I am proud of being an example to my kids. Next year my 10 year old will be running cross country. Even though I may not be thin they see me being active and I love when they do the same.

I need to run. We are going to the country's biggest corn maze tonight with a group from church. YEAH, more walking. :-) I hope that we do not get lost in there.

Have a great day and stay active.


dixie said...

You had a goal and accomplished it. Great job.

Southern Indiana

Jordan said...

Way to go Meep. And hey, if "your 10-year-old" needs any CC tips along the way, she has an uncle who used to run CC as well. I'll talk to you later. Love ya, JB.

bro karl said...

I'm pround of you. You were not in last place, you were ahead of all the people who have run a 5K and that includes me. I'm setting some health goals and you are my inspiration.

Never give up! Never surrender!
(sorry, Galaxy Quest quote)

WADDLER26.2 said...

Great race. Way to hang in there when it was tough. the weather was great.

California uncle said...

I know just how you feel. We had the same thing happen one Sunday on the way to church. We had to sit at an intersection for the longest time waiting for a break in runners so we could drive safely across the intersection. You'd think they'd run these marathons at 2am or such when it's nice & cool & traffic is light so the driving public wouldn't be so inconvenienced. (jk - you're doing great; just throwing in some perspective to be ornery.)

Vickie said...

You did it, you finished. Sometimes its not easy being last--I know, I'm that person more times than not. But you have to be happy about wanting to be out there and being able to be out there. You can gain your satisfaction in that if nothing else. Keep it up!

IronTRISH said...

Congrats!! Way to get the job done! You're way ahead of all those people who did stay in bed.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Good job!! Way to persevere. Glad you turned around the negative lies into positive truths.

Duane said...

Good job!

Siren said...

I'd consider doing that race with you next year, when the time comes just let me know when/where and I'll see if I can make it work with the baby's schedule.

I LOVE that corn maze! Hope you had a great time!

Jenn said...

Congrats on finishing your race! You're such an inspiration!

Wylee said...

Yay! I'm proud of you!

Nina said...

I just found your blog and it is so inspiring - and you are so right. Live your life NOW, don't wait. Time is too precious to waste. Congratulations on your race!