|Brenda and I before the race|
Regardless, the five of us piled in the car and drove to Eagle River for the race. We picked up our race packets and goody bag and then headed back to the car to wait for the start. We made a quick trip to Walgreen's so Brenda could put on long pants and we could use the bathroom. On our way out we found some 2/$2 rain ponchos (who can pass up a good deal on such a necessity?!) and then we were ready.
|Here we go!!|
Originally, the plan was going to be Brenda and I walking together. As I started training though I started to think that I'd really rather walk alone so I could set the pace I wanted and I told Brenda this. She said she would probably run the race and then rather than just stopping and waiting she would come and meet me and then walk the rest of the way back with me. So, when the race started Brenda and Shawn hit the course like the champion race runners they are and I kept toward the back of the pack to avoid being in the way. But we were off...
I got to the halfway point, grabbed my cup of water and kept pushing forward. I was less than a mile from the finish when I saw some traffic coming toward us (I was following two other walkers) when I realized there was also a person running towards us. True to her word, there was my sister coming to meet me and walk the rest of the way back with me. I don't know why but immediately and every time I think of the sight of her with her red winter hat, blue long sleeve shirt and yellow poncho coming towards me my eyes tear up. It was great fun to have that time with her and celebrate the accomplishment, just the two of us.
|Nearing the finish line and still rocking out!|
I finished last place in my age group but I don't care. I finished my first ever 5K in 57 minutes and 41 seconds. This was almost 2 minutes faster than any of the times I'd walked it at home (though I blame the dogs and their need to poop and smell stuff for that!)
Oh, and for those who said (or bet) that this would only be the beginning to doing more races, well, you were right. I'm already looking at signing up for another one, which would make it my third 5K this year! My 2nd one is coming up on Sunday in McHenry. I can't wait.