Sunday, October 3, 2010

CIBC Run for the Cure

Today was the DAY!

...and YES! I'm back - I haven't completely dropped off the face of the earth...up until today, just the face of the running earth! *cringes* Yeah...I think in the last two weeks, I only ran ONCE! Laziness, thou art mine enemy!

Anywho! Onwards!  Today was the RUN and I had the BEST time!

To prepare for the run, Bart and I had our own little pasta party because I always remember my elementary school track coach telling us to eat pasta the night before a meet.  So by eating pasta, I chose to interpret that as garlic shrimp pasta...from Red Lobster. w00t!  And she didn't say we weren't allowed to drink alcohol before a meet, so I may have put away a strawberry daquiri - although, I guess she wouldn't have told us not to considering we were only 12 - 14...hmmm...details. 

I guess my interpretation of a pasta party didn't play out entirely successfully.  Around three in the morning, I woke up and was pretty much in and out of consciousness until my alarm went off.  My back was KILLING me and I was a little bit worried and then I realized just one little action kind of made the back pain go away...I sat there again for a bit hoping to go one more time so I wouldn't feel the urge later on when it would be more unwelcome...if you know what I mean.  Well, whatever, it still beats that runner on Runner's World who ate BEAN BURRITOS the night before her half-marathon. *LOL*

As I had all my run paraphernalia all ready to go, getting dressed was easy peasy and I was ready to go in no time.  My breakfast of choice: ROCKSTAR.  Got Bart and the pooch ready to go and we were off to Timmies to meet with my running buddies!

So pretty in pink, no!?  We totally LOOK like runners!  The pupsters (there's Chewy's buddy Kudo there hiding behind Melissa) were rarin' to get going so off we go to the run site!

Since we did this last year, everything was as expected - lots of people.  The only thing that was different from last year was that it was much, MUCH colder!  Holy moly, even without the rain it was FREEZING!  And I wasn't about to put on a coat or my run T-Shirt, it kind of didn't go with the outfit, you know? *LOL*

I'm feeling my Rockstar right about now (which Melissa did frown intensely upon) and I'm getting into the warmup and I Like It comes on and I'm jumping around and fist-pumping like the cast from Jersey Shore were judging it.  I felt like I had a ton of energy and at that point, it kinda felt like I could run the 5k loop about ten times!  Too bad jumping around and running doesn't feel the same.  We line up behind the massive crowd and the second I start running, I'm already feeling it.  I asked the dogs if they needed to go yet.  Unfortunately, they didn't... *LOL*

Just a little idea of what our run site looked like - and this is just the runners!  The walkers started ten minutes after us so there were still TONS of people behind us!

I'm not all that concerned about the run since we'd already practiced the route a bunch of times and I liked how crowded it was because for a while, at least everyone was going MY pace! *LOL*  We got up to the hill and we fell back on our walking plan and got through that.  Apparently, because of all the people obstructing my view, I was running a bit of the uphill, so I was definitely feeling winded by the time we got to the top.  I asked one of the police officers if I could borrow his bike.  No? So serious!  Alright, it's flat surface from here on out so I got my butt motoring again.  Thank goodness my memory was still just as good and right there at the top of the hill was the puppy station!  We stopped to see if the pooches needed any water or treats and both Kudo and Chewy turned their noses up at the treats they were offered - spoiled little furballs! 

So off we go again, I'm focusing on this dude dressed up like a GIANT bunny in front of me.  I imagined I was a racehorse following one of those bunny things, but alas, it wasn't meant to be, the bunny was out of sight in no time.  Next I focused on this little kid in front of me, but have endless energy don't they?  I got all irritated and wanted to push the kid because she didn't look tired or winded AT ALL, but it was only just a thought, I'd actually have to CATCH UP to the kid to be able to push her and that wasn't likely to happen. Ugh...we're still running.  I have a stitch in my side.  Oh, the lampposts...that means we're almost at the downhill part! Yes!  I rode the gift of downhill gratefully and beside me there was this girl complaining about how downhills are obviously harder for you than uphills and I wanted to turn around and push her, but you the spirit of the moment, I just let that go.  As we were hitting the 2 km mark, we started seeing the runners who were at the front of the pack making their way back from the halfway loop!  I started cheering for them because that is AWESOME and I told this one lady we passed by that when I grow up, I want to be just like her. *stare* No? So SERIOUS!

Feelin' the wind in my hair! *LOL* Well, as slow as we all know I go, it was still nice to see that we were passing people who were "running" and not just the walkers!  I heard this girl beside me say she was just going to stop at the water station not because she was thirsty, but just so she can have an excuse to stop.  I gave her the thumbs up.  Four months ago, I wanted to get hit by a car just for an excuse to stop!  Okay, keep going.  Definitely huffing and puffing now and the downhill has sloped to a flat surface again straight ahead but there was no way I was stopping before the halfway point, so push, push, push.  Here we go!  I see Tara looping up ahead of me and maneuver into position to get a picture of her and she HID behind the girl who was right beside her! *LOL* Tricky, but at a finish time of 35 and something seconds, I don't know why she hid, that's an AWESOME time!  Alright, by this time, I think it's time for my first walk - and picture taking time! *LOL*

Heading back uphill now, I know I did a lot more walking than I did running - but the walkers were all cheering for us and we started back up again once we got to the top of the hill - which was really good timing because who was right in front of me headed in our direction?  My dad! *LOL*  A little ways away my mom was waiting to take our picture!  It was nice to see them there and there was no way I was stopping to walk now! *LOL*  So down I went down the big hill - I took it pretty easy on this because I definitely didn't want to take a tumble and roll down the hill in front of all these people and in front of my mom's zoom lens, but I don't know if that was beneficial to my legs or not.  Trying to slow yourself down a downhill is a bit hard on the legs, but at this point, we can hear the music and we know we're getting close to the finish line so we speed up a bit and dodge a few walkers here and there and CROSS!  Thirty-nine minutes and fifty-six seconds!

Woohoo!!! Our first official run after Tara and I started the C25K!  Can't believe we made it all the way to this point!  From almost passing out from running SIXTY SECONDS to running 5K!!!  Do you LOVE our matching sweaters?!  Here's a few more pictures:

Chewy doesn't look impressed just right now.  Bart picked him up while Kudo was on the ground so they couldn't play together.  Plus he's all blase about it because he did it last year already. *LOL*

*CHEERS* Woohoo!!!  And that's that! One down of two runs for this year!  Tara and I are contemplating signing up for the New Year's run since after Niagara we'll be left to our own devices, and considering my extreme laziness factor, I probably will let my running lapse into nothing and that will be BAD, so we're thinking that keeping up with a constant schedule of runs might keep us more motivated!  But in the meantime, Niagara, here we COME!

Now that I've experienced the thrill and motivation of the crowd and other runners (this time it'll be COMPETITION!) I'm definitely pretty psyched for Niagara!  It will be EPIC and for sure there'll be LOTS more pictures!  Two more weeks and I've gotta get back up on the training horse!  As you can tell, when I'm not blogging, I'm not really running, so I've gotta keep with the program.  My goal is to beat my 39:56 time!  I'm not sure if it will be easy since there'll be no uphills for the Niagara route, but I'm also not sure because no uphills means there also won't be downhills for me to coast on as well, so we'll see.  I just need to keep RUNNING!

Alright, time to cuddle with a very tired looking Chewy and hubby!!!

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