Follow my blog with Bloglovin It was cold and rainy, there were over 5000 people signed up. That is double our town's population. It was so crowded.
When the gun went off it was a slow walk to the start line. Once I crossed the start line I jogged, Husband and B were right in front of me, weaving in and out of people. I kept thinking if I can keep sight of them I'll be doing good. I jogged the first half mile without stopping. I have never jogged that far before. I always walk because I can't run.....WHATEVER.....that's a cop out! After that half mile I lost sight of Husband and B, I walked a little ways, then jogged down the big hill. I kept this pace for a while, jog, walk, jog, walk. I had my Pandora cranked up and I was by myself, well, besides the thousands of people around me. When I got tired I could hear Mama Laughlin say "JUST KEEP GOING" and that's what I did, I just kept going. I prayed, I prayed for God to pick my feet up off the pavement and to push me to the finish line. At about mile 1.5 it started raining harder, I couldn't see out of my glasses so I put them on my head, then I really couldn't see. BUT, I kept on going. At less than 1 mile left to go I was give out. I had made up my mind that I was just going to walk the rest, screw my goal of under 50 minutes. Then I saw these two ladies with a sign that said, "IN 400 METERS YOU CAN HAVE A BEER AT THE BARKER BAR." Now, I don't drink beer, but one of those ladies must have seen the defeat on my face, she looked right at me and said, "you can do it." That gave me just enough motivation to run. I ran for a ways and was about to walk when I caught a glimpse of the finish line. As one song was going off of Pandora, I said, "If Pandora will give me one more rockin' song, I can finish strong." Well, low and behold KID FREAKIN' ROCK came on! Not one of my favorite Kid Rock songs, but Kid Rock none the less!!!! I ran to the finish line, soaked in rain and sweat, fighting back tears, as I crossed the finish line Husband and B were waiting there cheering me on! I looked at the gun time and it said 47:42......WHAT?!?!?! I finished in under 50 minutes, I beat my goal! And I ran way more than I ever thought I could, a slow run, but a run! I barely held back the tears, I still may cry today, I am so proud of myself!!!!
I realize that 3.1 miles in 50 minutes is nothing to a lot of people, but to me, a fat girl who has sat on her couch eating cupcakes all her life, that is a major accomplishment!!!!
So the results are in......my official time is 44:41!!!!
Thank you all for the motivation and inspiration. Thanks for the encouraging words, and thanks for following my journey!