Today was my first race EVER!
It was a 5-mile run for the ACS called “Take Your Base” starting and ending at the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium in Coney Island.
It was on the boardwalk, near the ocean. It was honestly an incredibly beautiful run, but it was also incredibly hot. I was dripping with sweat and the ocean taunted me! I wanted to jump right in the cold Atlantic waters.
At the start, I thought I kept my pace incredibly slow – but I think I overdid it. I did almost my fastest mile ever. Maybe it was because I was so energized and excited for the race. Then, I was forced to slow down for the remaining miles….but I never stopped completely…
After the initial mile, I kept my place incredibly slow, but even so – after 3 miles I wanted to stop so bad! I pushed through, walking a couple of times to catch my breath…
It was just when I thought I would have to quit (at about 4 miles) that my coach Coach Ant and teammate (Andrew) came back for me after they ran the race. Along my side, they encouraged me and got water for me. Their support as team mates helped me get through that last mile. I was so grateful for them…. and grateful to be a part of the DetermiNation team.
What was really nice was the team spirit with all the racers, even strangers. I met a woman who was “queen of the back of the pack” with me; and together we helped motivate each other. Strangers would cheer me on and tell me to keep going. It was at points, incredibly emotional.
I am so happy that I am doing this. I wish everyone could do this. I am not going to lie, it’s hard work – but the rewards are incredible. Thanks so much to Anthony, Andrew and Helen! (Oh, and thanks for reading – please share my blog with others… I have a long way to go to meet my fundraising goal!)
1 hour, 17 minutes, 48 seconds
481st place out of 496 runners. At least I wasn’t last! 😉