Even though it’s been a rough few weeks physically (serious allergies, stomach flu and now the lower half of my body hates me from Whoremonal related reasons) I was signed up to run the Workforce Challenge with colleagues and run it I mostly did.
I wasn’t looking forward to it, but I was determined that I would do the very best I possibly could…even if today, that very best wasn’t very good.
The course isn’t easy. A good portion of it is up hill and there are a crap ton of people. (For today’s purpose crap ton will be over 7,000 finishers.) There’s a lot of bobbing and weaving, a lot of getting caught behind people who are catching a break (totally fine! Just sayin’) and it’s not a 5k. It’s 3.5 miles. Why? Who knows.
The race was fine though I walked when I had to, retied my shoes when it was needed and picked up the pace again. I even stopped once to take this photo.
Don’t worry brother dear of mine. I sprinted the block across N. Lake. We all know you have to do that no matter what shoes you’re wearing!
Towards the end of the race, I needed to use some serious tricks to psych myself out at times. Each song that came on, I’d dedicate it to someone in my head.
- Float On (Modest Mouse) went to D-Rock because he truly believes I can do anything.
- My Name is Jonas (Weezer) and There’s No I in Team (Taking Back Sunday) went to my brother because he thinks I’m too good to ever give up.
- Pickin’ Wildflowers (Keith Anderson) went to NotSoSweetPea cause we shared some serious laughs and it was a great pick me up.
- Finally Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper) to BatGirl cause by gosh and by golly if we could dance the night away (sometimes til dawn) then I could finish that race running damn it.
As of right now, my feet are torn up, my legs don’t like me and my hip and heal are both crying. I’m debating another Advil. But no matter how bad it hurts right now, I just wanted to do better than last year and I did. The pain won’t last, the fact that I did even just a little better than last year will.