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What A Difference A Year Makes (that race story)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

If you came across this blog thinking you would find a feel good story, you may exit stage left.

I ran the Run 4 Ed! 5k on Saturday; Earth Day.

I ran it for the first time last year; the 25th Anniversary.

This year, I am 15lbs heavier and untrained.

This month, I've only been to the gym 4 days; I've done 3 swim lessons, and not much else.

I lined up with the general running crowd.

The horn goes off and it feels like everyone is standing around just a little too long. My heart starts racing before I even take my first step. I start my RunKeeper app, I start my playlist, I take a deep breath and blow it out completely...

One foot in front of the other, one foot in front of the other...
Breathe, breathe, just keep breathing...
Oh gosh, it's already hot...
Lady with a turquoise top, lady with a scissor tattoo on her upper back... stop its too early to find someone to keep pace with...
One foot in front of the other, one foot in front of the other...

Mile 1 marker clock says 10 minutes plus.

I am slower this year...
Keep going, don't slow down, the water station is near Mile 2, keep going...
Why is it so hot?
Where is the water station?
Where is the Mile 2 marker?
Did I miss it?
I'm so confused...
Don't slow down, keep going...
Why is the water station way over here?
Oh gosh, what is gripping my quads?
Am I cramping up?
I'm not going to make it up these steep hills, I'm not going to make it, I don't want to walk, but I'm not going to make it...
Oh gosh, my quads!!!
I can't cry on the course, just walk it off, just walk it off...
I'm wasting time, but I can't restart...
Last hill, go, start running, it's flat, go, run...
Oh gosh, this hurts...
Is that the baseball Coach?
Smile and wave...
Is that the girl with the scissor tattoo?
It is!
Is that the turn to the Finish line?
It is!
Go, catch her, go!!!

I jog to catch her, turn towards the Finish line, and sprint to the end.
What did the time clock say?

My lungs and legs are on fire.
I grab my medal and collapse on the wet cool grass to catch my breath.
I remember to turn off my RunKeeper app.
The boyfriend hands me a cold bottle of water and asks how I feel.
Awful, it was a miserable run.

He shows me the pictures he took. The girl with the scissor tattoo was there, just behind me, trying to catch me at the finish line (in the black sports bra).

I thought she was in my age group; I looked up her bib number; she's WAY younger than me. It put a smile on my face.

Last years stats:

This years stats:

Had I ran last years time this year, I would have placed 3rd in my age group.

Last years medal:

This years medal:
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  • ALICIA363
    This is a feel good story in my opinion! I love how you wrote the honest feelings of the day.
    You did it, and you beat the girl with the scissor tattoo!
    And the next feather in your cap is for inspiring ONEKIDSMOM to face her less than perfect race tomorrow - she's right, you know, we shouldn't compare our current selves to our past selves. Be here now.
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    1549 days ago
    You did GREAT, Dee! Do not compare yourself to your past self. You crossed the finish line. You left it all on the course. Untrained you may be, but you pushed yourself and you finished!

    I am going to use this blog as motivation to keep putting my own feet one in front of the other a week from Sunday... when I WALK the Lincoln Half Marathon. The trick will be to not sabotage myself so much between now and then that I cannot complete the 13.1 miles!

    One foot in front of the other. Across the finish line!
    1558 days ago
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    1558 days ago
    Even with 'training' I would have never been able to run that entire race. You did great! I totally get that its not fun to not do as well or better than the year before but you got out there and you completed the race and in the end that is what counts the most!

    Give yourself a pat on the back for me. I'd kill to finish a race in that time (but then again I have not put in the work to run that fast either).

    Now use the experience to motivate yourself to get back to the gym. I know how much you enjoy being fit.

    emoticon Congrats on your race! Thanks for sharing with us.
    1559 days ago
    Ha ha I couldn't even lift this years medal let alone run to get it -you are still my hero. Hugs and hope you had a long bath for those muscles when you got home. Many likes for the boyfriend being there for you. :)
    1559 days ago
    It may not have been your best performance, but you're way ahead of those who didn't even start! Even when I was a peak running form, those thoughts were in my head, if it makes you feel better.
    1559 days ago
    I think u did great Dee! U still finished and beat the younger girl to the finish line!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1559 days ago
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