Here is a picture of me at Barnes and Nobles Starbucks post race.
5:30 am. I woke up. Made myself a bowl of oatmeal and a large sea moss tea. I sat down and said a prayer thanking the universe for all the blessings in my life. My food, my husband, my son, the ability to run. I was very afraid of the rain and the thousands of other participants. Mainly I was afraid of not being able to run this race because of my own anxieties. I asked for help to overcome my fear.
8:00 am Race is starting and I’m late because I had to use the bathroom so I’m at the very back with all the walkers. I was already in tears because I was in the back and had trouble finding my husband and son so I could hand him my bag and have him help me clip on my race number.
Rewind to the fall when I did Heroes for Hunger 5k.
I hadn’t trained to run on concrete, never ran a race before, and absolutely wore the wrong underwear. I got very anxious and didn’t run the whole race and felt very down on myself.
8:10 am Present Day:
I’m wearing my adidas running thong (very comfy), my running shorts, new balance running shoes, my Russel Athletics baseball cap, and my wonder woman tank and hoodie.
After walking for a while I finally started running and had a good rhythm going. No head phones, no glasses, in the rain, running downtown.
8:45 am I finish the race. I did not stop running. I am very proud of myself. And my husband and son were there to see me finish.
3 years ago I had broken my knee and was in a wheel chair. I could not have done this if it were not for my switch to a plant based diet and my husband who gave me a pep talk on the way up there. “When we practiced in basketball, when never practiced with another team. In football you don’t cancel the game because of rain. You are always going to have difficulties and challenges that you didn’t expect.”
Watching the children and families running gave me great inspiration and any time I saw someone running a decent pace I’d follow them until they slowed down. My race was not with other people. I was racing against myself. I wanted to run the 5k without quitting. I imagined the running scene in Full Metal Jacket and tried to keep a steady pace and focused on breathing with my diaphragm.
I am so thankful for the ability to run and for my family to be with me to cheer me on. Thank you for reading and please give this a like.