Saturday, March 7, 2009

5 to 10

I learned a valuable lesson today - READ all the way through the instructions before you leave for a race day event. I didn't, and got us to the university where the event was being held - only to park at the absolutely farthest point away from where the race was to be held.

Seriously, we were parked exactly at the 1/2 way point of the race... so we had to walk 1.6 miles to the starting line (we didn't know it initially... or we would have moved the car)... then we walked the race... only to have to walk the 1.6 miles to the car again at the end.

The walk wasn't quite what I expected - there were strollers and dogs on leashes everywhere... and if you were walking the race - you didn't get a number... so I was a little sad to not get to take a picture with a race number on my shirt.

Anyway, we ended up walking a total of 6.3 miles before we called it a day to go get pedicures.

Incidentally - don't go get a pedicure when your feet are already hurting... it seems like a GREAT idea, but in the end - it proved to be a painful experience. The massaging of my legs was great - but everything else was really sensitive.

Here are some pictures of the day:

A picture of me right after we got our shirts - the runners are starting in the background.

My walking partner, Susan (sister-in-law), and I rounding the corner to the starting line.

Here I am at the starting line... or 1/4 of the way through our walk for today.

We got to about the first 1/2 mile or so... and a truck came through the line honking wildly... right behind the truck was the winning runner finishing his race!! So Susan snapped a picture of me with the runners coming in on their last 1/2 mile.

Here I am at the halfway point of our day...

3/4 of the way through our day... we still had to walk back to the car!
Overall, it was a great experience - I can't wait to do it again sometime in the future... but I think in order to get my real sense of accomplishment - I'm going to have to work up to training to run on of these suckers... then I'll get my number picture!!