This past Saturday, I hit a huge milestone in my life. I graduated from running 5k’s with my eyes closed to running 10k’s with butterflies in my stomach. Turns out the butterflies were well worth it.
I stayed the weekend with my friend, Maggie, who I know from undergrad at MSU. She is the first girl I met in the dietetics program who I actually liked and didn’t think was a pretentious snoot. (Whoops – cat’s out of the bag now!) She shares the many interests, thoughts, and beliefs that I have – we’re like two peas in a pod!
So when she asked me to run the the 3rd annual BTN 10k in downtown Chicago, I had half a mind to say no, but I knew I would regret not going with her. Let the training begin!
July 26th at the crack of 6am, Maggie, Maggie’s dad, myself, and her two friends Andrea and Lauren all ventured downtown to begin our death sentence with 15,000 other people at the starting line.
So here’s how it went…
I’ve actually never ran 6.2 miles at one time without stopping so I was a little apprehensive to do this. Luckily, it was a brisk morning with overcast skies, which made things easier. There were three checkpoints where little dixie cups of gatorade and water were given out. Runner’s quickly stopped to drink them or kept on running while spilling it all over themselves (me) and then threw the cups on the ground splashing water at our feet.
We ran along the Lake Michigan shoreline weaving in and out of people passing the ones wearing tutu’s, knee-high socks, and green fohawks.
55 minutes later and I crossed the finish line! Snacks, gatorade, water, and even beer met us at the finish line in attempt to quench our thirst.
Afterward, I felt so accomplished and my self esteem was through the roof. Maybe I should sign up for more races. Do I see a half-marathon in my future?
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