Riverbank Run WIN!!!!!
No, I didn't win the race, not even close. I didn't expect to! But it was a win for me. Why is that? Well, I had never run 25k before. The closest I came was a 14 mile long run. The last mile and a half was just that button I'd never pushed before. I knew I could do it, but hadn't tried. I had hoped to be under 2:45 for a time, but finishing was obviously my goal. I kind of figured I could beat 2:45, so that's where I would have been happy.
I started by lining up between the 9:30 pacer and the 10 min pacer. I thought that was probably where I'd like my pace to start, I knew I could maintain that for a while. The first 6 miles of the race were pretty flat, so if I had to slow down on the second half I was ok with that. Mind you, there were over 5000 racers in this event! It took nearly 4 minutes after the gun went off for me to cross the start line, but I was at a good jog by then. Then the crowd started moving. I found a lane and just started moving. I passed people, got passed by people. Listened to music that other's had going on their headphones, listened to conversations people were having. Seriously, this was like a regular run for some people? Not for me, I was focused and trying to run my own race.
There were water stops every 1.5 miles. There were porta-potty's along the way. I thought it was funny that there was a line at the first one, not even 2 miles into the race! Seriously? Did you not JUST use the bathroom like I did before we started? Seriously? Whatever, I'm passing more people and getting busy.
Every water station I grabbed a cup of water and Gatorade. I have trained with that so I knew my tummy could handle it. I had 2 bags of sport beans in my pack and chewed those around miles 5 and 10. The weather was overcast, a couple light sprinkles and in the 60's, perfect in my opinion! There were crowds at many different points along the way cheering and rooting us on. I was touched by this more than I could explain. The little one's holding signs saying "run Mommy Run!" really got to me. They weren't my kids, but I wanted to high five them... and some of them let me! Thanks to the cheerleaders from Grandville High School, and Lowell High School and South Christian (I think) High School and it seems like another one I may have missed.
Thanks to the 4 different live bands for playing awesome rocking music and feeding our energy! Thanks to the woman with the sound system rocking the air guitar! Thanks to all the volunteers holding water and Gatorade and ice and oranges along the way, especially the families who were doing it together. You made the race so much more than just another run. It was an event to remember!
Thanks most especially to my BeachBody Coach David. He not only came out to cheer his friends on (there were several that I knew of) but he made me A SIGN!!!! I can't tell you the emotions I felt when he held up a sign that said "RUN NIKKI RUN!!!" I almost started to hyperventilate!!!!! I got my emotions back in check.. still had many miles to go (he was just past the 8 mile mark). I dug deep (which is what my headband said) and pushed up and down those hills. I never walked them. I never stopped. I made it past the last hill!
After mile 14 my legs were tired but still felt good. I was passing people. I kept going. There was another water station at mile 15. I felt great so I skipped it. I ran right past it with my eyes on the prize! People were fading. People were walking. I kept running. I knew my pace was good enough to crush my goal. I figured it would be about a 2:35 finish time. I kept going.
The last few blocks before the finish were uphill. Yes, complete torture. I'm pushing to the finish and it's UPHILL!!! Yikes! Well, just keep going, you can see the end! The announcer is calling off names as they cross the line. Suddenly I hear my name. MY NAME! I'm here! I finished! I ran the whole freaking thing! I was breathing hard. I looked at the clock. It said 2:34 something. I beat my goal!!!! I got my medal. I walked a bit to cool down and grabbed some food. I was famished, but I was happy.
Later I got my chip time. I knew it was good, but it was better than I could have imagined. 2:30:13 is nearly 15 minutes faster than my goal. I was stunned. I still am!!! I achieved my goal and surpassed it. I ran a 25k. Ran. Not jogged. Kept a pace around 9:30 the whole time. I feel like a rock star! My legs are stiff. I'm tired and hungry. I eat not caring about macros for the rest of the day. I recover.
Today is Monday and I'm back on my program. Back to 40/40/20 ratios. Back to P90X as scheduled. I'm not letting this win get away from me. I'm going to revel in it a while. I know I can do a marathon now. Will it be easy? Heck no! Will it require an attitude of never quit? Absolutely. At this point I know I can. The training will continue. I will never give up. I want to be that woman. I am that woman. She's pretty freaking awesome. I'm proud of who I've become. This weekend marks my 2 year anniversary of getting off the couch and starting C25K. If I can do this, anyone can. You just have to do the work!!!!!
I call this winning. I'm a winner!!!!