I did start the training, but failed at keeping it going each time. Then I had a couple of bad runs and was totally soured... in addition to the crappy temps. I kept telling myself that I wouldn't run the race if 1) the roads were icy 2) the roads were snowy 3) if it was too cold, etc. etc. So I think I started believing that I wasn't even going to to do it at all. So you can see that I was totally unprepared for the race. Totally. Actually I was probably making myself sick over thinking about it over the last few weeks.
Well race week came. I decided I wasn't going to even attempt a pre-race run because my foot was really bothering me (from the burpee challenge). It was flaring up my plantar facitis and causing other issues to that foot as well. So I thought it would be best to just do what I could during the race. A few of us decided Thursday afternoon to look for a hotel room because we kept hearing about how bad it was to get into downtown, park and get to the race on time. That actually made me a bit more excited... but still had the attitude that I was going to walk the majority of it.
|left to right: Amanda, Kara, Jackie, Me and Sarah|
We all started out together. It was cold, 10 degrees (or something like that). We stood outside for probably a good 20 minutes before we got to the start line. I did my zumba in line to get myself warmed up. I was cold and miserable, so I needed something to heat me up. The race started. Kara ran ahead of us because she's a big time runner and really good! Amanda and Jackie basically pulled out ahead of Sarah and I right away. I never saw them again after about 2 minutes of running. Sarah and I stuck together the whole time.
If you don't know what 7k is, it's 4.35 miles. Longest run I've ever attempted. I stopped once quick to grab water... walked up a half of a bridge and the rest (THE REST) I ran. I basically ran the WHOLE thing. As did Amanda, Jackie and Sarah. Sarah and I crossed the finish line together. It felt great. I don't think we could have been more proud of ourselves! Our time was 58:15. I've never run that long or that far in my life. In fact a year ago, I could have said I've never run in my life (on purpose).
Amanda and Jackie were 3 minutes ahead of us in their time... not too shabby for 4 girls who didn't train a ton for a race!!!
It feels good. I am proud... and now will be meeting with the foot doctor on the 31st because my foot is in sad shape. I'm not sure what activity I can commit to this week or next (until I see the doctor). I'm icing my foot a few times a day and will figure out what I can do to get some sort of work out in. Maybe this is where I start my weight lifting again (I need to do that anyway).
I did lose weight this week - 1.2 I'm down 84.2 lbs now. I'm not eating the greatest, so I don't feel the greatest and hoping to totally re-focus my food intake especially since my work outs need to be adjusted for now.
Take care and I wish you well this week... I hope you're proud of me too (and the other girls and runners).
I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After.