March 20, 2010
Nice Try, Buddy!
We had our little local 5K this morning. I can't say I was actually excited about this race. I was excited about seeing and talking to my friends, but other than that- nada excitement. I have gotten fat and majorly out of shape. It's ridiculous and depressing, but that's bound to have happen when you cut training like I have done. On top of that, I am sure I have some sort of throat infection. There are white bumps on the back of my throat and it feels like knives are going into my esophagus. Not a good sign. Aside from those personal issues, the course and set up of this race is pretty bad. Not that I would expect differently from a town of this size, especially when non runners do the planning. But, I always try to support the hometown, whenever possible, so...
I did a 4 mile warm up and was already stressed about my outfit. I love Brooks and I am so grateful for everything they've done for me. I like the uniform, but only only when it's on someone else. See, my thighs are big and the shorts are short. Not to mention, I don't like revealing clothing. I have stomach fat and a flat chest and the shirts are tight. Anyway, I guess I'll get over myself soon enough. On to the "race" that I wasn't planning on really racing. This is a out and back course on the one and only hill in town. So you go downhill for the first 1.6 and uphill for the remaining 1.6. Super planning, huh?
Well, I'm standing there chatting it up w/ Michelle when all of a sudden everyone starts running- WTH? Yep, apparently the lady in charge said "1,2,3, GO!" but she wasn't too loud. We left the medical center parking lot, made a sharp left, then a sharp right before heading downhill. Right away a guy was right on my shoulder. He was so close I could practically smell his breath! I was thinking this was weird, but whatever, some people don't understand the whole My Space- Your Space thing. I'm thinking he'll back off eventually. But he doesn't. Mile 1- 6:06
Then, I miss a turn in my own friggin hometown. Why you ask? Well, I never imagined that the race turned through a PARKING LOT instead of the road that parallel to the lot. Close Runner made the mistake, too. We were back on track quick enough. Then it was up, up, and more up. Talk about on my nerves. I didn't even know this guy. I think I would've been okay with his closeness if he was my friend or something. It was starting to get old, especially since my Out-Of-Shapeness was kicking my own butt going up the hill. Mile 2- 6:34
We made two more sharp turns in mile 3, and he never.once.backed.off. As we neared the end of mile 3, my mind starting thinking...hm, he's going to hold on and then blow past me in the final few meters. I can see where this is going. Let's recap- boy I don't know (not from my town) has been on my tail/shoulder, and I've practically given him a piggy back ride for the majority of this race is going to try to blow me out at the finish. Alright then. So, I slow down a little. Mind games, mind games, I can play, too. He stays put and refuses to pass. Gggrrrrr. I slow down more. Then I make the 2nd to last turn and realize I better get going as to not get passed. Mile 3- 6:46 (Yep, I suck, but I'm NOT going to get beat by some strange moocher boy.)
So, I hit it into high gear for the final 0.2. He's right there on me, too. He tries to pass me, but I use my old track strategy and start weaving. That's dirty, but I'm not about to get schooled this late in the game. Then I make the final turn and BURN IT, beating him by 2 seconds. BWwwwaaaaahhhhhhhhh!
What's interesting is that after the race, I went over to shake his hand for a nice race, even though I think he totally mooched off me for 3.2, but I do have manners and he acted SOOOOO standoff-ish. Oh well, I guess I hurt his pride, since I'm a girl and all. After the race, I jogged back out to watch and cheer for friends. I want to give 2 big shout outs to Summer and Stephanie! Both ran the whole way in the 5K today for the first time ever!!! Way to go, ladies! Oh yeah, I won a plaque and a door prize. The door prize is the new addition to my class collection- a squirrel!!!!!! Haha, I love it and so will the kids.
I'm off to enjoy my beautiful Saturday.
My time sucked eggs. I'm majorly out of shape, but... life goes on. I've been focusing on other things. I'm alright with it.
Ps. That was good for first place- overall first place, not just female.
Let me add one thing. I just read some of your comments and I think I gave the wrong idea. This wasn't really a KID, he was probably in his mid 20s, not much younger than me. I always call people "girls, boys, kids" etc. Sorry about my lingo. Haha.