“I’m running free yeah, I’m running free” – Iron Maiden
Back in my early life I pushed 200 pounds. It wasn’t until I had a heart scare that I decided to eat right and exercise. I started by going to the gym and doing what looked right. However, it wasn’t until I was introduced to P90x that I started to see real results. This isn’t a commercial for P90x, I’m just stating facts about my personal work-outs. Anyway, once I started P90x I started to pick up running again. I started off with 1 mile and eventually worked my way up to 7 miles. When I would tell people I would run 7 miles they asked me if I was doing so for a marathon. My answer was always no, I wanted to run 7 miles for myself plus I was giving Bella and Riley some good exercise along the way. Most of the time I would have Bella lagging behind killing my time. Oh, Bella is my 3-year-old Black Lab and Riley is my 2-year-old mutt.
I entered into the Highland Creek 5k and trained for 3 weeks, running practice 5k’s with Bella and Riley through the neighborhood. On the day of the event I was a little nervous. I showed up to the Highland Creek Elementary School and there were a ton of people there. I saw people running in the parking lot getting ready which I thought was absurd, why would you waste your energy before the race? But as I found out they had TONS of energy left.
I stopped by the sign in tent and picked up my ankle chip. The ankle chip records your time. I tied the chip around my ankle but I did so to tight and it bugged the hell out of my so I had to loosen it. I walked over to the starting area and it was a mass of humanity so I went to the back of the pack. My iPod was fully charged and ready to go. My 5k playlist consisted of Pantera, Judas Priest, Testament and Avenged SevenFold. When the horn sounded it was like watching ketchup go though a bottle. I sat back and watched as the hard-core runners squeezed by each other to get position in the 5k. I finally started to run and I quickly gained ground on the pack and eventually got up to around the top 3rd of the runners. The course was hilly and I hate running hills so I sprinted up all the hills and coasted when the terrain evened out.
As I neared the end of the race there was one last hill, or so I thought. I started to sprint up the hill only to see that it went on around a corner and got steeper, I pushed on and passed several people. Not wanting to look like a wuss I kept on running even thought I was spent. As I neared the finish line I made one last push. I finished with a clock time of 27 minutes and 22 seconds and a chip time of 26 minutes and 22 second.
After I finished I got some tasty orange slices and water and went home because I had to go and coach softball for my little girls team.
I will say there is excitement in running events like this but for now I am going to stick with running the mutts around the neighborhood.