As you know from my last post, my daughter signed me up for the Webster/Kirkwood Turkey Day 6 mile run. My friend Amy O’Brien who reads my blog and is on the Webster Groves School Board. She is a new runner and asked me if I would like to join her in a run on Saturday (this morning). My first thought was NO. So I responded “Thank you so much for the invite but I have a client coming in at 10:00 (which I did and was not lying). And then wouldn’t you know it. As soon as I hit send, my client called to reschedule for a later time. Dog gone it. I could have let things go but since I opened my big mouth on my last post, everyone now knows that I am in training for the 6 mile Turkey Day run. So I e-mailed Amy right back and said I was now available and I would meet her at Webster Groves High School. What did I get myself into?
Last night while enjoying a glass of wine, I kept going back and forth in my mind about should I go or not go. What excuse could I give Amy if I did not show up. Do I really want to run? Absolutely not. But I know to get these last 25 pounds off, I have to amp up my physical activities. I went to bed undecided on what I was going to do.
When I woke up this morning, I decided that I was going to go and run the full 4 miles and if I needed to walk I would do so. We got there early to register and it was so cold. There was still time for me to back out of the race but I saw Amy and I new I was locked into this race.
John came with me – God love him. He is such a great support. He never says much but he always supports me in everything I do. And today he was there to be my official photographer.
Here I am registering.
And we’re off.
I finished the race in 50 minutes. Not the best time. But at least I finished.
Amy and I after the race.
I will say I had the best time. I ran 90% of the time. And I had a great (slow) pace. But I will tell you who made this race so much fun. It was the volunteers. They were at every turn and mile marker. They cheered us on and held the traffic at bay. The Webster Groves Cheerleaders were also there doing their cheers. I felt like every volunteer and cheerleader was there just for me. I can’t say enough good things about these people that gave up several hours of their time. Thank you to the Webster Groves School District Foundation for putting on this fun event. Please read about Ivory Crockett and his amazing feats. http://www.ivorycrockett.org I encourage anyone that likes to walk and run please join this fun Run 4 Webster next year. And thank you Amy O’Brien for being kind enough to read my blog and invite me to this fun race.