Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I've never been a runner. I was the girl who quit soccer in my youth because it was too much running. Later I decided that basically applied to all sports, and that's when I decided sports weren't for me. I did take up an enjoyment of gym-going in gradschool, looking for a way to replace the parties with a more suitable plan to meet people. I got hooked when I graduated and realized exercise was my only hope of survival for actually making it 9-5....and I dropped a few pounds, too. SOLD! When we had kids, my normal gym-going routine wasnt and I needed another plan. We bought an elliptical and I love it. But, child #2 comes and now I need to exercise in PEACE! So, running (darn it to pieces!) fit the order (fast, cheep, high calorie burner, etc.).
So I'm been running very slowly for a very few months and my husband suckers me in a *race*. The rules were 4K run, 30K bike, 4K run (i run, he bikes) and P insisted he was not in-it-to-win-it and that there would be soooo many less qualified people than you. And, a day to spend together in the outdoors sounds great, right?
Race day was freezing but I was prepared with my Mossimo stretch pants from Target and my zip up 'performance hoodie' also from the big T. I chose all black because, clearly, it would make me look fierce. I'm a bit nervous on the way, but calm myself by organizing my iPod, reapplying lipgloss, and folding my 2 papertowels that I always run with (to pat my brow).
We get there, late of course, and we see you have to park without eyesight of check-in. So, P goes ahead on his bike and I carry all our gear (this is amateur flag 1, everyone else had special 'gear bags'). I start trudging up this huge hill will all this 'stuff'', and it's so steep, and I'm carrying so much, that Paul has to come back for the car to pick me up. We arrive at the top of what I'll just call 'the mountain' and see people dressed like this, running sprints to WARM UP, and patting each other on the back with things like, "hey man, that was an incredible time at last weeks mid-week-double-marathon-in-the-artic-circle".
I contemplated making a run for the county line just so I didn't have to humiliate myself in this manner, but I didn't have time b/c I was too busy pinning together my running costume to make sure it didn't fall off and attaching my iPod perfectly....ooh and stretching. Time to start and they say "no iPods, it's against race-day regulation!"--and, also, the course is the 'mountain' I walked up to check-in. I almost starting screaming "boo! Hiss!" until I realized I was the only one hearing the news for the first time.
I was hoping for a gun at the start line, but my disappointment over that faded as I saw every other racer fly past me at lightning speed. By the time we reached the first "bend" I was racing all alone....but I kept going....with a serious "loser" chant playing between my ears. I finished 3rd to last! Paul did great. I am wearing my t-shirt with pride....telling everyone who will listen (clearly).....and telling myself to try new things.....because humility is good.


**This just in--the final results were posted and Paul and I finished 4th in our division!!!!
subscript: only 4 in our division:)

10 comments:

Jessica said...

yeah G! That's awesome that you are running. I got hooked too, and it is a very efficient cardio routine. That's awesome you finished the race! Good job Momma!

J. K. Jones said...

LOL

Alison said...

Great post, you are too funny! I have become hooked on running again in the last 6 or so months. It is a great way for me to be at peace all alone for 45 minutes! Ahhh, I look forward to it everyday!

Sara said...

gina, thank you so much for keeping it real! something that could so happen to me...if i ran of course. :) congrats on the race!

Becky K. said...

The black fierce jogging power suit you were wearing makes you a winner!!

The Leonards said...

man, you look fast in that picture. i am still laughing over your paper towels. sorry i had to bail on you...so proud of you though!

Cade and Cora said...

So proud of you for finishing! Running 8K is great no matter how you look at it! Next year...it's yours! you crack me up!

Elizabeth Myatt said...

You are 1st in my heart girl! Have MOPS in the morning and then will call you.

Amy said...

Yep- story telling is definitely one of your many gifts!! I'm proud that you were willing to do the race and that you finished! I started running in the spring, went back to cardio videos at home recently, but want to start running again. You inspired me!!! :)

notes of em said...

i knew those magazines made me thing of you.
So proud of you all!