So the night before the race I started to feel nervous, I set 6 alarms on my cell phone so I wouldn't oversleep! I woke up every hour that night, its funny how your brain knows you have a big event the next day. 630 am finally came around and I got up showered, had breakfast and headed to the event. I met my mom and little brother at 745 am and we started walking up to the event. It was already hot and humid that early in the morning! I was amazed at how many people were actually there, I had no idea the event was that big! I instantly felt self conscious and uncomfortable. This might sound weird but thank god I had my sunglasses, I don't know why but I always feel like they are a small protective shield for me. I really wanted to turn around and walk back to my car but I wasn't going to let myself do that. I was there and ready to do what I came to do. We had about 30 minutes until start time so we walked around to see all the different booths.
This is a pic of me and my mom waiting for the start, I think you can tell from my facial expression I was feeling a little out of my element.
They finally announced it was time for us to approach the starting line. Once again I was amazed at how many people were participating! We walked up to the starting area and 5 minutes later we were off! It felt great to pass the starting line, I knew I was doing this and there was no going back. Me and my brother teamed up to walk together while my mom walked with her friend. The energy I felt while walking with all those people was indescribable. I slowly but surely started to feel that I belonged there like everyone else. About halfway through mile 1 I again realized how hot it was, the heat waves were bouncing off the ashpalt and onto my body like rain drops. I just told myself one foot in front of the other until I cross that finish line.
This is pic of all the people as we started the race: 25,000 people registered!
We reached the mile one marker and the clock said 22:35 , now my goal was just to show up and walk the event, but deep down inside I had a goal for a 20 min mile pace. When I saw that clock I knew I had to pick up the pace and get moving!
I started to push myself harder, I knew I could make up the 2:35 on the hills. I have strong legs and the will power to push myself up those hills! And that's what I did! When people were slowing down on hills I was passing right by them. It was such an awesome feeling, I know a few people did a double take! I marched up every hill like it was nothing! The people on the sidelines cheering us on were amazing, a few people even yelled out my bib number and said looking good! It felt good to know people were behind me, I have the bad habit of always expecting people to be against me.
Finally reached the mile 2 marker! I had shaved exactly 2 minutes of my pace time!
After reaching the 2 mile marker I started to develop a blister or something on my left foot, I should not have worn my Nike shocks since they aren't completely broken in yet! Blister or no blister I wasn't slowing down. By this time I was soaking in sweat, the heat was almost unbearable. A saw a few people quit the race because they couldn't take it. I was feeling amazing right about now, I loved looking behind me and seeing all those people. I am used to being in the back of the pack but not on this day!
The finish line was finally in sight and a huge smile filled my face. Alot of people started to run towards the finish, I wanted to do the same but I haven't built up the courage to run in public yet. I will fight that battle on a different day.
I finally got to the finish line and saw my time! 1:00:13 !! I would say I accomplished my goal of a 20 min mile pace!
I don't have a word to describe how I felt after crossing the finish line. Yeah alot of people can walk 3.1 miles, its not that huge of a thing to most people. To me it was more than just walking 3.1 miles, I do that at the gym 2-3 times a week. It was the fact that I came out and showed 30,000 people that I am taking my health back! I wasn't hiding that day, I was out in the open doing something that I have always wanted to do. A huge wall came down inside me after crossing that finish line,I was so proud of myself.
This is me right after the race, soaking wet with sweat! It was truly a sweating_it_off day!Another pic of me and my crazy mama after the race!
This was my first 5k event and it wont be my last. I fought my own battle that day while helping to fight the battle of breast cancer. I was able to raise $160.00 dollars for the cause, and I want to recognize the people who sponsored me in one way or another.
Ryan Sobus RD - http://www.healthydietsinc.com/ *my personal RD*
@FitInMyHeart - http://www.footdr69.wordpress.com/
@travelgirl007 - www.beachbodycoach.com/travelgirl007
@DareToBecome - http://www.daretobecome.com/
@prnewman - http://www.istilltri.blogspot.com/
@BetterFitBody - http://www.betterfitbody.com/
Thanks for the support everyone!
check out my slide show of pictures from the event!