This past weekend I participated in my first race! Caleb, my mom, my sister, my in-laws, and my sister-in-law all were running the 10-mile race, and somehow Caleb convinced me to sign up for the 4-miler. I have always hated running so I just never do it. I signed up because I hoped it would motivate me to start exercising - and it did! I ran a few sporadic times over the summer, but since moving I've been running regularly. So basically I trained for this race in two weeks and was not really prepared but that's okay!
The day of the race was perfect weather - it was pretty cool and very overcast. I felt really good until I got to the first big hill, so I just decided I would walk all of the hills. I think I ended up running half, maybe a little more than half of it. At one point a little kid with a cast on his arm passed me. And then the arthritic old grandpa who was hunched over passed me. But I didn't really care because I was out there doing something I never thought I would do!
When I was close to finishing I saw Caleb on his way back! I knew I wasn't going to be able to make it back to his finish line to watch him finish, so I was really excited that we at least got to see each other running and cheer for each other. Close to the finish line my dad, my sister and her husband, and all my nieces and nephew were waiting to watch me finish! That was seriously the most motivating part of the whole race! I ended up finishing in 48:27, but since I walked about half of it I was pretty happy with that.
Caleb ran the ten-miler in 1:15 which I think is great! He beat his goal which he was really happy with. Everyone in our group finished and did a great job! It's really motivating for me to watch my mom and my mother-in-law run ten miles. I don't know very many women in their 50s who run, let alone ten miles!
I don't think I can say running the race was fun, but I am very glad that I did it. It's a good feeling to do something you never thought you would, and I'm glad that it pushed me to start running!
How was your weekend?