On Saturday I ran my first 10K. It was Run for the Ages that benefited the local senior center. Black Girls Run had 22 participants plus countless numbers of volunteers and cheerleaders. The race was the same day as my Opening Day for my youngest son. The race was to start at 8:30am and the game started at 11. I got to the race and was ready to go. I was on a deadline. Race and baseball game.
The course had changed due to construction. The 10Kers had to do the 5K course forward and backward. The race started late and I was a little frustrated. Normally I wouldn’t be but I had to get to my son’s first baseball game of the season. I have never missed the first game and I didn’t intend to Saturday.
BANG! The race started, I was running, faster than I wanted to. I told myself to slow down, I was pacing at a 7:36 mile. That was too much too soon. I slowed down. I went another mile and the cramping began. I have never had cramps before during a race and I didn’t know what to expect. All I kept saying to myself was, KEEP GOING.
I didn’t drink enough water during the week and it was causing cramping. I was busy all week and it had slipped my mind. With every step, the cramps got a little worse. I kept saying, you got this girl, KEEP GOING.
I got to the finish line and my BGR sisters were cheering me along. I was relieved I finished and did not walk through the cramps. I was relieved that I made it. It was almost 10. I thanked the ladies and apologized for not being able to stay for the 5Kers.
I rushed home. I had to shower and get dressed and be at the baseball field by 11. I was under the gun. Shower, get dressed, grab drinks and get to the field. I was moving faster than I thought I could.
I made it to the field at 11 sharp! Whew! I was so relieved. I shouted over to JOrdan to let him know I made it. He gave me a smile, a small wave and a head nod. After all he was at the field with this friends and teammates and could not lose cool points for being over joyed that I had made it. He told me that later.
In between innings I happened to look at my phone, and saw that I have several texts and emails. I began to read them. They were from my BGR members, I had placed in the race. Initially they thought it was 1st, but it ended up finishing 3rd in my age group. I was still excited but sad I had missed it.
This is my 5th race and I have placed and missed it. It was bittersweet. I was not there to receive my first medal. Yes, I said FIRST because I plan on winning more. It was a tough race due to lack of proper hydration but it was a lesson I needed to learn. It will not happen again.
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34th overall and 3rd in my age group, not too shabby for an old lady. I am proud of myself, I placed in a race and my son won his first game of the season a true win-win situation. I must admit both of us were on Cloud 9 that day. Although I had cramps and rushed to get to the game and missed receiving my medal I would not change a thing. I got to see my son’s first game and that was my #1 priority.