Every year on Mother’s Day weekend our city hosts the Fifth Third Riverbank Run which features the largest 25K road race in the country. More than 21,000 people participated in all the events this year (25K, 10K, 5K, 5K walk).
Growing up, I was never a runner. It was a huge joke in my family, especially since my little sister ran track and cross country. Me? I broke my arm jumping hurdles. I joined the debate team after that.
I tried running back in 2008 but I didn’t enjoy it, got angry and frustrated, and gave up on it. In 2012 I picked it back up through the JoggerMom Marathon challenge (run 26.2 miles during the month of May). I also did bootcamp at that same time. Over 6 months, I got in shape, lost 25+ lbs., and realized that I like running. I need to run. That physical release is what I need to help keep my brain happy. I found this headband at a fitness expo on Friday and had to buy it.
I decided to sign up for the Riverbank 10K this year. A week before the race I finally was able to run the distance on my own at home. It was Hard. I was almost in tears when I got home because it was so mentally tough. Running alone on country roads definitely has pros (not much traffic, great scenery) and cons (no one to encourage you).
Finally it was here. Race day. I was fighting allergies and a stressful week at work, but I was determined to do it. I wore my fabulous Austin shirt that Jess gave me at Blissdom so I could take her and Kristina along with me for encouragement.
Waiting at the start was pretty surreal. In light of the events in Boston, security was pretty intense. I even saw members of our bomb squad out.
10K starting line
My dad came and met me at different points along the course which was awesome. Having streets lined with people watching, cheering, and encouraging us on was unreal. At 2 miles in I couldn’t believe we were already that far. It felt like we had just started! As we worked our way through the course, the range of emotions was intense.
I ended up with the time that I wanted and the knowledge that I can do this. I don’t know that I’ll try to run any farther than this (my body kind of hates me right now), but it’s an awesome feeling to have accomplished this. Right now, I’m in the best shape of my life, and it feels pretty damn good.
2013 – 3 mile mark
2013 – finish!