A month ago I signed up to participate in the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5k. Our office is one of the sponsors of this event. I must admit I felt like I SHOULD participate. I wasn't sure I wanted to. When it came time to order our shirts - one of the younger, skinny girls in the office said she was ordering a size XL because the shirts ran small. YIKES! She is half my size. Luckily they offered plus sizing, so I went with the 2x. I was embarrassed. Everyone was getting small and medium shirts - I was the ONLY plus sized one! I quickly talked myself out of that reminding myself that the size is not printed on the front of the shirt -it is inside and NO ONE would know. Hah, isn't it funny how the mind works. Like if you cant see the tag, you don't know I am plus size? Yep, a little denial! Once that was done, I put the event out of mind.
Today was the day! I set my alarm for 5:30 this morning. Yep, 5:30... on a weekend! Got up, showered, dressed, drank some water and ate a power bar. I got in my car and headed out. This is so not me to wake up in the wee hours! Definitely something different for me.
I met my daughter's family at a nearby grocery store and we all jumped into one car and drove downtown. It was 46 degrees and breezy - but no rain and the sun was rising! The positive energy in the air was contagious.
We met up with some of the ladies I work with and posed for a group photo. I am #3928 on the right.
Next my grandkids, daughter and I made our way to the photo shoot spot. My daughter got us all these lovely pink flowers to wear in our hair!
This race was for girls/women only. All the proceeds from the run were donated to 4 selected charities.
The first group to pass were Angels pushing their chariots.
Then came the half marathoners.....
And we were off. I started at a slow jog, but quickly switched to a brisk walk. My youngest granddaughter and daughter kept running. My oldest granddaughter decided to keep me company and walked. She has longer legs than I do, and has a quicker pace, but I kept up with her. We walked on, I started feeling tired. At one point on the course we looped around and could see the runners ahead of us passing us in the opposite direction - we saw Michelle and Carrie pushing on. After making the turn my granddaughter decided to start running. She managed to catch up with the her mom and sister!
I walked on. Finally the finish was in sight. I started jogging to cross the finish. Yippee!!! Arms in the air! Yep, I'm a rock star! I finished! 47:32.29. Not too bad for Grandma Boo!
We decided this was going to be our new family tradition. Who knew? So my goal for next year is to shave something off my time! Maybe run a tiny bit more, if the doc says it is ok.
WooHoo! Here we are!
A family of rock stars!
PS - that is my BEST time on a 5K walk! Yippee!!!!