What the HELL was I thinking? I guess thinking about STARTING your training on race day is a little late, huh? <sigh> I was on the fence about actually attempting the course until it was time to line up for our heat. The organizers were kind enough to line us up based on speed: Appetizers (fast runners), Entrees (medium speed runners), and Dessert (the slow pokes). I looked for the "After Dinner Liqueur" sign without success.
(For those of you who don't know me, I have struggled with weight loss my entire life. Though I have walked several 5k courses and trails, I have never attempted to run one until now.)
Mindy and Stacey actually had trained and lined up with the other Entrees. I lined up with the Desserts. Let me tell you something....standing in a line, nervous, and feeling VERY alone in a crowd of people is one of the worst feelings on the planet. Stacey came over and gave me a big hug. She smiled and said, "Just have fun." I almost cried. In fact, I'm crying (right now) as I am typing this up. Her simple statement was exactly what I needed to hear at that instant, in that moment. It is hard for me to express in words how much her support meant to me standing at that starting line. I will always love her for that simple act of kindness and encouragement. Now fearless, I waited for our start countdown.
I did manage to finish the course. It was a HOT day, so I needed to make a few water and shade stops along the way. I had a blast teasing the zombies, though. One even gave me a bear hug - which left me slathered with fact blood - yuck! And when I crossed the finish line, caked with mud and soaked from head to toe in nasty, muddy water, I was glad that I overcame my urge to bail.
Stacey and Mindy waited at the finish line for me. Cold water from a fire hose never felt so good! It was a GREAT day and I did, indeed, have fun.
I want to take a moment to give a shout out to the guy that gave me a leg up out of the last mud slide pit. Thanks dude - I'd probably still be standing waist high in mud without your help!
Zombies eat brains. Combine this 'fact' with how insane I felt before starting this race and Cypress Hill's "Insane in the Brain" immediately came to mind. Though this track contains some 'beef' digs on Chub Rock (no pun intended), it has a rousing refrain that still fills the dance floor. Plus, you can tell the guys had fun both writing and performing this rap - especially when you see them perform it live.
"Insane in the membrane...Insane in the brain...."
|Where's the "After Dinner Liqueur" line? Yup - I lost all my lives along the way.|
Quick Note: I will be changing my post days to Sundays this week forward. I think of Sunday as the start of my week. Therefore, I feel it's a better day to reflect on my previous week.
What memories does this song bring to your mind? Let me know - leave a comment below.