ferry shot of the two race studs
Deej melts in the rain can't you tell..
We rode on the school bus all the way to the high school where the race started and the whole way I had runners envy. All these cool people had their running gear on and were getting all amped for it and I just felt like a walker. blah blah blah cry cry cry haha don't feel sorry for me at all. Deej was super excited for it and I was glad to be able to be with her for her first official race. We got to the high school, picked up our race packets and t's, I handed in my original race number which was going to be #808 for the 10K and got upgraded to 3309. woop woop. It was the best to watch Deej be all worried about the timer on her sneaker and where to put her number. She treated herself to a 10K hat to sport during the race due to the inclamet weather condition but really just to look as cool as her daughter.
Eventually we headed to the start line and watched all the runners line up. They had the 10K start 15 minutes before the 5K walk so it was cool to watch all of these skilled and professionals warm up and get ready for the race. I may or may not have stole some warmup and stretching techniques from the pros.
cue gunshot the runners were off and I was left chillin with Deej, a group of oldies and a man and his golden retriever who ran the entire way...I'm mad the man didn't give his dog his race number! enter runners envy.
It was then our time to line up for the 5K part. We lined up and I couldn't help but love how excited Deej was. There's still a little adrenaline rush when they say GO. Annnnd we were off!
pre race shot of the star athletes
me attacking the papparazi
walk walk walk, talk talk talk, church bells ringing, people clapping, dogs beating me, etc etc. At the last mile is when we met up with the runners. I was so happy for them and they looked like they were struggling but it was so beautiful to see them finish. People of ALL shapes, sizes, ages. I just loved it and felt so proud for them.
We finished our 5K in about 45 minutes and Deej even got her name announced over the loud speaker as we crossed the finish line. She felt great! And I was really happy to finish with her. I even convinced her that with the right training she'll be able to run it next year and she will.
When the race was over my leg was killing me. It felt numb up and down even into my toes. not good. It was definitely a good choice that I decided to walk the 5K because the pain in my leg was so crazy after walking that I couldn't even imagine what it would have been like running the 10K. I must get it better PRONTO. I'm going to call and make an appointment with the doctor and rehab rehab rehab. I need another race soon especially after seeing all of the runners cross the finish line at Shelter Iz.
thank you for all of your support :) Deej and I will be hitting up Shelter Iz 2011 no doubt. Any takers!?