The 10K almost took me out this morning, but I persevered and came down the stretch under my goal time with a 1:08:45 finish. I have never been more grateful for a finish line. Things were humming along pretty smoothly until I hit mile 5 and the thought of walking started creeping in on me. But I decided before I started, that stopping was NOT an option. So I hung on, and even managed to pick up my pace on the last mile when I saw how close I was getting to my 1:10 goal.
Here are some photos of our morning from my generous and beautiful friend Laurie Orr who graciously agreed to get up early on a Saturday morning to capture this event. Thank you!
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival 10K
May 5th, 2012 Winchester, VA
Dear 10K Course,
I’ll admit it. You intimidated me after my practice run and I was a little nervous when I arrived at your gates this morning. But I tried to keep calm by reminding myself that I was in charge, not you. I had my run in my head, and I wasn’t going to falter. Oh sure, I know things got a little shaky around mile 5 — but you never had the upper hand. Because what you don’t know is the level of determination that resides in this 49 year old body — and I was determined that you would not win this one. So thank you 10K Course, you did your best today, but you helped me learn that I can do anything I set my mind to.
The One In Purple, Racing Alzheimer’s
PS. My brain thanks you too!