This all started a few months ago, when my friend Kelly sent me a Facebook invite to sign up for the Shamrock Run with her as a team (yay for discounts!). I've never been inclined to participate in sports (or any other athletic activities, really) but for some reason when I saw her invitation I wanted to say, "YES!"
...And so I did. This 5K quickly became one of my goals (resolutions, new beginnings) for the year, since it fit perfectly with my word.
I'm feeling a bit at a loss for words about yesterday's experience, so I'm going to use the photographs I have to help me tell the story:
|On Saturday, I met Kelly to pick up our shirts |
and race packets at the Convention Center.
Kelly and I went out for coffee afterward to catch up, and she gave me some helpful tips about the race. I'm so grateful for her support and encouragement through all of this, from helping me troubleshoot shoe problems to explaining where I should attach my bib (the paper with the number on it, for all you running novices, like me). Thank you, Kelly! ♥
|The morning of the race, about to leave home.|
Jaymz made gluten-free pancakes for breakfast, and we all went together on the train to Waterfront Park where the race start was. The train was downright packed with people wearing St. Patrick's Day gear and running shoes. Matthew said it was like the whole town got up today and decided to do this together.
|Jaymz helped me attach my chip to my shoe on the train.|
|The start line for the race is on the far left of the photo, |
marked with the green balloon arch.
|About to leave to line up for the race!|
|The other 11,499 5K runners and I waited together and tried to stay warm. |
(Unfortunately, the green light was not the signal we were looking for.)
Jaymz got one photograph of me running close to the finish line:
|Where's Amy? I'll give you a hint....|
Near the finish line there was a backup of people, so everyone came to a quick stop before the final timing mats, and we had to walk through the finish (which screwed up everyone's recorded times). It was alright, though. Even with walking a little bit and the major slowdown at the end, I finished in 41:52, which I am very happy with.
I was so glad to meet back up with Matthew, Jaymz, and Daniel. It felt so good to have finished the race and to see them smiling at me so proudly.
I really enjoyed this experience. I might just have to do it again...or not—who knows!