I ran a race on Sunday.
It was for charity: the Upper Canada Mall Easter Seals Run, to be precise.
But mostly, it was for me.
It was my first race. And I ran it. ALL. Aaaand, I didn’t even come in last!
Running seems to be de rigueur these days. Everywhere I look, I’ve got friends from coast to coast, continent to continent racing, as it were. These people are doing 1Ks, 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons and half-marathons. They’re doing triathlons and IronMans. They’re out there. Talking about it. Tweeting about it. Training for it. DOING it. So I guess it was only a matter of time before I felt the pressure to challenge myself.
I’ve never actually run five kilometers before. The fact of the matter is I don’t like to run. I prefer more leisurely forms of exercise, like walking to the mailbox and back. Mind you, I’ve walked/run that distance, but never run/run. So for me, to run 5K in a steady, rhythmic pace was a challenge of epic proportions, if not the biggest dumbass move ever. (I assumed there were paramedics on site if the need arose.) It may not seem like much, but I shall pat myself on the back nonetheless, because, hell, I deserve it. And not for nothing, but a good playlist is a MUST. Too bad I drowned my iPhone in the bathtub that morning and had to conjure up a last minute song list on my husband’s iPod. Nothing a little Eye of the Tiger couldn’t cure, though.
This beaming trio? My husband, Jeff, me and Brian (the men completed the 10K, their first.) Our kids cheered us on under the watchful eye of my amazing friend and photographer extraordinaire, Laura, wife of Brian. So thankful she was there to capture this moment. Below are our official results courtesy of Ontario Road Race Results. I’d say my husband and I did pretty well.
Quite possible the best moment, though, was crossing the finish line, hand in hand with Jeff; the kids whooping on the sidelines. I may have to do this again sometime. Just as soon as my legs agree.
|138/201||552||Erica Gomez||35:05||21 SF30-39||86||7:01 34:51|
|198/318||318||Jeff Clark||1:00:59||23 LM30-39||128||6:06 1:00:5|