LOCATION: Shamrock 8K. Virginia Beach, VA
I have never been a runner. In fact, I hate it. Put me on a bike any day. My distaste for running is directly correlated with the fact that my knees are so bad from dancing competitively when I was young. My IB bands are the worst. I decided to sign up for this race as a challenge. Could I really complete it? This wasn’t just physical; it was mental.
Starting in November, I began training for the race. Small at first, and slowly making it to 3-4 miles. There are 4.9 miles in an 8K so I felt I was somewhat ready. Throughout my training, I never was able to run the FULL time. I wanted to, but I just couldn’t maintain it.
Race day came, and I was ready. So many people were dressed in green for the festivities. The crowd was massive. How would we even move!? Eventually the race started. During training, I was able to run a mile and then would need to fast walk for a short bit before running again. However, I was able to run a full 2 miles before stopping. I’m not sure if it was the motivation mentality or the fact that everyone around me was running and it made me feel like I was running AWAY from something bad…but I ran. I ran like Forest Gump. Ok, maybe not like that, but I ran. Even my fast walks were fast. Before I knew it, I was on the home stretch. My knee was bothering me a lot on the last mile, but I pushed through it the best way I could.
As I crossed the finish marker I felt an incredible amount of joy. I had done it! This was a big accomplishment for me. I was quickly greeted by Troy would was also excited. I received my medal (which also was a bottle opener. VERY cool), lots of water and cookies and a BEER! We all received Yuengling beer at the end. It was 9am though, and I didn’t want anything. Troy gladly took my winner’s beer. Ha!
After resting for a bit, I realized that was a BIG no no. We went to leave to go to the car and I couldn’t move. My knee was no longer giving into me. I had to hobble back to the car, which was about a half mile away. I have some work to do, but this was a great accomplishment. I can’t wait to see what I can challenge myself on more.
* Thank you Troy for accompanying me on this adventure, being the biggest supporter in what I do and always being there to take the pictures for me.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: The day after, I would say no…but yes, I would do this again.
HOW TO DO THIS: Shamrock 8K http://www.shamrockmarathon.com/townebank-8k.htm