Sunday, December 26, 2010
The "Jack T. Farrar Jr. Fill the Shoes 5K" - November 6, 2010
Race Day was circled on my calendar. Debbie and I talked daily about our preparations. A few weeks before the race, I started running the course. It was very convenient for me since I could run out my front door and be on the course in half a block. It was also nice to know what a 5K looked like. I liked that I didn't have to go out on the main street. I didn't like the hills. You can't have everything.
My goal was to run the race in 35 minutes. I didn't think that I could do an 11 minute mile, but I wasn't going to concede to a 12 minute mile. On the Thursday before the race, I ran the course in about 36 minutes. I was hoping for that "boost" people had told me about. You know, the one you get when you run with a bunch of people? Well, no, I didn't, but I hoped I would find out.
The day before, Debbie and I had lunch with our friend, Jean, in Springfield. After that, off to Metro Run and Walk to pick up our packets. To say that we were excited was an understatement. It had also turned cold the week before (earlier than usual) and we didn't own any winter weather stuff. We needed gloves, a hat, and something with long sleeves. When I say we were rookies, I meant it. They outfitted us with a Sugio fleece, which I still love, and a hat and gloves and wished us well. We got our t-shirts and packets and headed out. I was honestly excited. I would have never believed it.
We finalized our plans: Debbie was going to meet at my house and we would walk to the starting line. Now to wait.
Debbie and I both finished the race and were extremely proud of ourselves and each other for making it this far in our running journey. We immediately signed up for a 5 mile (yes, I said 5 MILE) Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. We had to up our game. We needed the challenge. We were runners now!