Saturday, May 28, 2011

Eeek! Race Day Is Here!!!

It all started back in the fall over a casual conversation with my friend Amy at work.  We started talking about maybe doing a REAL race.  The big event in this area is Ottawa Race Weekend with a 5 & 10K on Saturday and a full and half Marathon on Sunday.  About fifteen minutes after our conversation Amy came back waving a piece of paper in my face, it was her registration for the Race Weekend 10K.  So I rose up to the occasion and registered right away.  Good thing we did because the 10K sold out by January/February this year!

I have NEVER done anything like this, anything this BIG.  Yes the last three years I've done the Run For the Cure 5K (and I will do it as long as I physically can as its an important cause to me), but it is a unofficially, untimed charity run.  Race Weekend is so big it brings 25 million dollars in revenue to the city of Ottawa!  Three years ago I would of never of imagined/pictured/thought about taking part in Ottawa's biggest 10K race of the year!  Here I am, 3 years later, 63 lbs lighter, and I AM a RUNNER!

I won't be setting any records this weekend, nor do I think I ever will set a record.  I'm aiming for a 75-70 minute finish time but really I'm just aiming to enjoy the experience and finish with a smile on my face, and maybe a tear in my eye.

Amy, thank you for pushing me!  Can't wait for our 1/2 marathon challenge this fall... guess we should get registered right?


Karen said...

Good luck with the next race! I'm sure you will be just as successful as you were with this one. :)

Lisa said...

My next challenge is to do a 10k race, just don't know which and when yet lol.
I can't believe I've actually done it, but I joined the ballot for the 2012 London Marathon when it opened! I only have about a 1 in 7 chance of getting a place, but am slowly working on increasing my distance in the event that something crazy happens and I do get a place!