I used the heat as an excuse not to get out and run often and far enough (wasn't it stinkin' hot this year?). Then almost 3 weeks prior to Race Day life was turned upside down with Mum's hospitalization. I didn't let any of those excuses hold me back or stop me ... I spent the week leading up to race day freaking out, worried about how prepared I wasn't and so on. As Nike says: "Just Do It" and that's what I intended to do. My goal was just to cross the finish line, I didn't care how I did it, or how long it would take!
This is what Freakin' Dark O'Clock looks like!
Can't you tell I LOVE mornings? Ready to head to Amy's
See the nervous smiles?
Marline and I in our Army Run swag. Black = 1/2 marathon, White = 5K
Injured Soldiers at the start line
The 5K race started at 8am. There was lots of ceremony to the event, the Governor General's Band was there to lead us through O'Canada, there were MC's, lots of press and more. The start the race with the injured soldiers who get a head start. That was one of the most emotional things I have ever witnessed! You saw all kinds of injured soldiers some in chairs, some with one prosthetic leg, some with two. There were wheelchairs, crutches, canes and more. It was truly moving to see all these men and women whose life have been changed forever serving our country. Marline used to serve in the military and she was doing the race with a friend of hers who was injured while in the service, she's in a back brace. Amy and I both had tears rolling down our faces. Then the 5K runners were off!
5K runners waiting to start
Not long after they took off, I had time for a quick visit to the porta-potty and I had to go find my corral. I had initially pegged myself as finishing in 2hr 30min. I knew after the summer I had that this wasn't a reality, I figured I would be more in the 3hr range. The next thing I knew the Howlizter Cannon went off and it was time to get moving! I turned my music on as I crossed the start line and off I went to conquer 21.1 K as best as I could!
Getting a high-five from Marline at the 18K mark
My initial goal was to run as long as I could, I figured somewhere between 5-8K the do the rest of the distance at a run/walk (10 min/1 min). I even surprised myself and RAN THE FIRST 14 KM! Well over half of the distance!
Mark who already ran the 1/2 marathon talking me through the last 2K to the finish line
Receiving my medal at the finish line from a Canadian Soldier
Nice touch, dog tags for medals!
Looking amazingly happy and fresh after running 21.1KM (are you tired of hearing that? I'm not!)
Cooling down after the race... got one of those cool silver blankies too! Made a great super-hero cape!
I went from this fat, unhealthy 200+ pound girl in 2007 who the only time you would of seen her running was out of a burning building, to running a 1/2 Marathon 21.1 K!!!
You can do truly amazing things when you're stubborn!