The main thing I want to remember about this particular race is encouragement and the importance of it.
First- before the race- I ran into several friends. One of whom is a marathon runner and was doing the half marathon. I told her I was "just" doing the 10K. She informed me that I should never say "just". And, when I stopped to think about it- she's right- so I am going to be working really hard on taking pride in my accomplishments and not saying "just" and "I am slow". Others I ran into were friends that I have done several races with and also a friend who is a cancer survivor. He's very much an inspiration and his enthusiasm is contagious! I also ran into a FB friend that I finally had the chance to meet (briefly) and watch others being encouraged by those around me before the start.
|Listen to the cheering voices|
During the race- It was an out and back race so saw several people I knew as they were headed back which was very cool and encouraging as we could cheer for each other. When we hit the turn around point I went about a mile or so and started having issues with my app on my phone (I think the GPS kept losing it's signal- we were in the middle of nowhere with lots of trees). I slowed down to fiddle with it and this older lady came up beside me and said, "Oh good, now I can catch up with you.". We chatted for quite a while (and I will say she kept me from walking) and in the process I found out she was 81 years old and had been running since she was 46 with a 6 year pause due to the Peace Corps. Oh, and she is a retired teacher. I was blown away- I told her she was amazing and inspiring and she responded the same to me. Just a very neat experience and when she slowed down a little I told her I was going ahead- she said go for it and have a great race! There were several moments that kept me going when I wanted to walk. When we hit the water stop on the way back (I do wish there had been one at the turn around) the group working the stop had their radio playing and it was playing one of my favorite songs- Overcomer by Mandisa :) And then, on top of that- when I came through the ending I could hear that song playing again from the people who were helping put on the race. Definitely needed those pick me ups.
Oh, and my official time on race #2 in 2014- I did my 10K in 1:16:37. My realistic goal was 1:20 and my "wish" goal was 1:15. Almost hit the wish goal… :)