I made it. 9.3 miles. With an official time of 1:36:33. And my entire body still intact! That, ladies and gentlemen, is how I define success. My knees are still giving me issues, but I’ve got some good advice from my coaches. I plan to punch my knee problems in the face, so to speak. Because I’m feeling awesome.
I finished a 15k and ran the whole thing; I’ve got less than a month until Vegas; I’m going to reach my fundraising goal any day now ($78 and counting!); I have today off work so I met my bff for lunch (read: pancakes); life is good.
In the spirit of feeling awesome, here are some things that are awesome. (How many more times can I use the word “awesome” in this post? Read on to find out…)
1. Team Challenge. Since this was my first ever “official” race, being part of a team made it so much less stressful/more enjoyable. Here we all are at approximately 6:30am getting ready to head to our start corrals!
2. My race bib. Proof that I actually did this. And finished it. Me and approximately 40,000 other runners. It was a much bigger race than I was expecting, but it was great to be part of such a huge crowd (except when I was trying to find my teammates initially, at that point it kind of sucked – at least, being a giant, I can see over most people in a crowd). There was always someone to run with, and I really liked having that sort of community.
3. My finisher’s mug. I unfortunately did not take a picture of my real one, because I was too focused on shoving it into my face – and also not getting hypothermia – to worry about finding my camera. However, it contained yummy dip-able things and fondue to dip them in. Plus some hot chocolate, obviously. If only someone where there to hand me candy after all of my runs…
NOTE: these last two pictures don’t really have to do with running, but this post is in the spirit of all things awesome, so:
4. This cool-looking painted brick wall that I saw on the side of a parking garage in the south loop. To whoever did this: thanks for making the world a little more beautiful.
5. My voter registration card and early voting receipt. I voted on Friday. At a poll. Like an adult. In the past 2 elections (1 presidential and 1 mid-term), I voted absentee. But this time I was actually registered where I live. So I went to my local polling station. Like the adult that I apparently am. And it was awesome.
Please feel free to share your own tributes to awesomeness in the comments. Because that would be awesome. Peace.