Today I was scheduled to race a local 5K. I did not want to - it was cloudy and dreary and damp and every single inch of my body wanted to stay in bed. I woke up at 7:10am to text my sister to tell her I was out. Then I called her to justify backing out. Then I called my mother to further justify my actions. Then I went into the bedroom to wake Bill up and justify myself to him. Who couldn't I justify it to? Myself. And you guys. I hate excuses, and here it was, not even 8am and I was FULL of them. Bad weather. Too little preparation. No money for the race fee.
What a fraud. Here I am, encouraging other people to start running, start practicing yoga, start lifting, start moving, and I could not even convince myself to toe the line.
I texted my sister back and told her I was in. I did a brief yoga practice, laced up my sneakers and headed out the door. The result? Total gratification. I love to race. I love pushing myself to eek out that little bit of extra speed, that extra stride. I love seeing all the other runners and being part of the running community. If you have never run and are afraid to because you don't 'look' like a runner, go to your local 5k. Just hang around and cheer people on - you will be amazed at all the shapes and sizes runners come in, and they will be eternally grateful for your cheers. It is a win win situation.
How did I do? Surprisingly, I pulled out my usual time of 29:30 or 9:30 per mile. I think I have pulled some 9:28s in the past, but this is my average time and I was pleased. Excuses be damned, I showed up and I ran hard. It felt fantastic.
Along with my sister, my friend Libby was also there and - as an answer to my request for a new bar - had made some energy bars as a surprise. She used the recipe in The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life modified with a little salt and I am sure her own magic touch. They are fantastic. And I was psyched because I already own this book and love it!
Congrats to Tammy and Libby!! Tammy placed 3rd in her division and Libby placed 1st!