Jana I guess sunsets were hard to come by. Posting for the rest of the month might be rather sporadic... my fellow participants are on the road, travelling all over Colorado and then up to Yellowstone. Their internet access will be sporadic. (You can tell by my duplicate use of adjectives that I'm not thinking straight... probably, the cat fight right outside my window at one in the morning.)
I DID IT! I just ran my 1st 5k and I was able to run it the whole way! Crossed the finish line in 40:29! 2-1/2 minutes faster than my goal! I am so stoked!
It was all very amusing. We were supposed to pick up our packets between 7 and 8- with an 8 o'clock start time. When I left the house, it was just starting to sprinkle. When I got there, I parked about 4 blocks away from the start and walked down to pick up my packet. It's starting to rain harder. I get my packet and head back towards the car because I'm on my own and need to put the race t-shirt and stuff in the car and all of a sudden the sky opens up. Still two blocks to the car and no doorways to stop in - nowhere to get out of the rain. By the time I get back to my car, I am soaked. My race clothes are soaked. My shoes are soaked. Still have half an hour until the race even starts. I pull off my shoes and socks and turn the heater on, trying to dry my socks a little. I had to wring them dry. It is still pouring outside. Eight o'clock finally rolls around and I go back down to the start line. They are afraid of lightning, so the race is delayed until 8:30. It continues to rain steadily. We are finally off and I just kept a steady place. Two women who were running part and walking part keep passing me each time they speed up, but I just keep going and there were uphills and downhills and I just kept going. It felt good. Once I reached the turn around point, I knew there were only a couple more hills and I would be sailing home. I booked it for the last half mile. I came in 66th overall. There were only 3 runners behind me, but I did FANTASTIC! I never would have ever dreamed that I could do this at all!
After the race I went to La Crosse and treated myself to lunch at Panera and a big bouquet from the farmer's market. Pretty!