This past weekend I entered my first 5km Race called the "Spooktacular". I actually wasn't nervous - I knew that I could easily run the 5km, but I didn't know the route and also really wanted to push myself for my time.
I arrived - alone. My hubby and kids were at hockey practice and that was a bit of a downer. I don't really do anything that my kids can come and be a part of ... and this being my first race, it would've been nice. But, I knew it just couldn't be - and that was ok.
I arrived early - and found out that there were a bunch of kiddie activities for Halloween before the race. People were dressed up in costumes - I was dressed in full running gear. I was taking this very seriously *grin*.
The long and the short was that I did my best. Literally. My time was 33.19 ... almost a minute less than my previous best. Although - my iphone app that I use for my runs actually said I only ran 4.65km. So - that leads me to think that the $4.99 app really isn't that accurate ... and now a running watch is on my "wish list" for Christmas. I mean - I could be running much farther than I actually think. Or less *shudder*. A 5km race isn't going to be 4.65km.
The best part? The finish line, of course - with my time in big orange flashing numbers. And my dear friend, CW, who surprised me with her son ... and cheered me on as I sprinted my heart out. I sobbed when I crossed the line ... and her eyes welled too. I'm so happy that I wasn't alone for that moment ... it made it just that much more special.
SO ... this is something that I never thought I would do. It's been a challenge for me for the last few months ... and I really can't believe that I'm CHOOSING to enter races. I'm registered for a January 1st 5km and a 10km at the end of January. Hopefully I'll be able to push through the winter weather and train.
A winter running jacket is on my wish list too *grin*.
Have a great one!