|We did it!!!!!!!!!!!
||[Dec. 9th, 2007|08:30 pm]
What am amazing day!!!! Got up at 4:30 this morning to pick up lilcindylouwhoo and hubby. Got the 6:30 ferry from Bremerton and off to the Race! Met up with a couple more guys and buzzed around Westlake Center for a while before the race started... The 6 of us and 12,000 other people! Largest turnout ever for the Jingle Bell Run... |
The race for our group started promptly at 9:00. The first 6 blocks were an uphill incline, and then down to the express lanes of I-5. We ran and ran and ran as it tried to snow in flurries. Then in the tunnel we ran with lots and lots of folks singing "Jingle Bells!" I couldn't believe the sheer numbers of runners, joggers and walkers. We ran and ran and ran some more...then saw the sign that said 1 mile... I was bummed! I was sure we had run twice that far!!! So we ran and ran and ran some more. I discovered that I am not a talker when I run... I tend to go inside my brain and just focus on that next step. I need to lighten up and enjoy the experience more. The we passed the sign that said 2 miles... I felt pretty good. Cedric had taken my Santa hat off my head and I was much more comfortable.... we (and by we I mean 50 or 60 of us at a time) made the hairpin turn back on the express lanes. After a brief incline most of it was downhillish.... then we exited onto pine ran and uphill a bit and downhill a bit then more and more downhill... at this point I noticed that the masses ( hard to describe without actually being there) were moving up hill, steeply... That was the low point of the race! I was sure I couldn't do it.
Cedric kept telling me to breathe and lilcindylouwhookept telling me to take short strides, while Talon kept telling me I was doing super... pretty soon we were at the top of the hill turning the corner.
As we turned the corner I could see the finish line 5 blocks away... all down hill. I started to cry.... tears running down my face as we ran the last leg of the race. Cedric kept telling me to slow down, but there was no way!!! As we reached the last block we all held hands as we ran into the crowd at the finish line.
We had finished the race, without stopping, without walking, running the entire way!!! I still can hardly believe it.
After a year of planning and working and training with literally two steps forward one step back... We had accomplished out goal... What an incredible feeling! We celebrated with mochas from the Dilletante Chocolate store, and a healthy lunch.
Then back to the Bremerton ferry where we ran into the incomprable countess_eand home in time for a visit with mrq_laurellenand arontiusand other friends. Also for lilcindylouwhoo's birthday surprise for me! A pedicure!! I have never has a pedicure and never, ever had my toe nails painted. Where has this been all my life!!! What fun!!
Then a quick drive to play Soccer. It was a fun game... we lost... but tons of fun. The out to dinner and we are home now... and pretty tired. What a great way to spend our 7th Anniversary!!!!
I am very proud of myself and of Cedric who ran with me, despite his ankle issues. The plan now it a shower and to give his ankles a good rub.
We found out that there is another 5K run in March.... I think we could do it... and will start practicing later this week!!!