Every part of me felt energized. It was a great morning, even my cup of coffee was perfect, it was going to be a good race day.
Even Andy was in good spirits considering his disabilities. He has been terribly injured for weeks now. His last run was 10 days ago and he had to walk the last mile home.
His work schedule has prevented him from going to the DRS.
He was running come hell or high water. I was so concerned but I know that place where you just say "Yes Dear." And this was it.
At a high of 88 degrees today I ran in my sports bra. It was going to be a hot one and there was no other option for me. I hate running hot.
After praying together Andy and I entered into our corral.
It was packed like sardines. People were already sweating. NASTY. I have a huge issue with sweat touching me. It totally freaks me out. As we squeezed in we had to move through hundreds of people to get to "B" corral. Andy left me at the "C" corral. I kept moving. As I gently made my way though the labyrinth of people I realized I was leading 3 other people towards the front.
|"Lori" It was not only her birthday it was also the day her son was coming home from over seas!! She had lots to smile about!|
2 minutes after the "A" corral moved out we were now invited to follow. You could hardly move. Because I am so short all I could see was the person right in front of me. It was very congested and tight but I saw the starting mats. With my finger on my "START" button I was ready to activate my Garmin.
|Not sure what they are looking at?!|
The course was overcrowded, overfilled and overflowing with runners. And the mob scene stayed like that for over 4 miles.
|"Paula" and I.|
My belly was getting a little queasy about mile 6. My Chomps were not digesting too good and the water was sloshing noisily in my belly. But other than that I was feeling great. I always have my favorite part of the race between 6 and 8 miles. My body feels swift and light. I feel like I get "ACTIVATED" right here.
|The Famous Flint Cheetah Runner!|
The best way to keep me energized is to keep me animated. The more I high fives, encouraging words and smiles I give the faster I get.
I made it a point to cheer on every CRIM runner who had a 30 Year or more shirt on. I was stimulated by there dedication to the CRIM over all these year. These runners were a encouragement to me.
And just like that we were coming unto mile 9. I was almost there. I saw the runners in costumes, with handicaps, rainbow colored wigs, and the runner that was every shape and size.
I prayed for Andy and Paula who were both hurting. I prayed for them to have strength, stamina, healing and perseverance.
But now I was coming down the that last curve. The "Bricks" were in site and so was the finish line. The crowds were lined up on both sides and the sun was beating down on my bare skin. "Stay Strong, Anita."
Just like I told the guy at the beginning of mile 9 "Keep your head up and dig deep, you are almost there, finish strong." You need to keep your head up to conquer yourself and see your prize!
"GOO MOMMY Go" , "RUN NITA!" I look to my left a couple hundred feet from the finish and see "TEAM HARLESS". There was mom and dad and the boys. I waved at them with delight as I proceeded to cross the finish line.
I quickly hit "STOP" on my Garmin and saw that I had finished in 1hour 15 minutes. I had made my goal.
But concern for Andy quickly replaced that victorious feeling.
I was given ice cold napkins to my surprise by "Raegen" and "Ken", two good friends of ours. I was delighted to see them but quickly grabbed some hellos and headed out to "Team Harless".
Hopping fences and scurrying through the crowds I made my way to my family. We feverishly waited for Andy. His time came and went and now we started thinking he may have DNF'ed.
And then I hear dad "There he is!!"
There Andy was. Running. Not limping or even crawling. He was up on 2 feet running. He looked taxed, he was open mouthed, sweating and very flat.
Strength: mental power,force, or vigor.
ANDY may not be the fastest running or the strongest runner out there but he is HANDS DOWN the strongest runner I know. I was watched that man cross finish lines with man tears coming down his cheeks. When most would have never ran and when the rest would have at the very least not finished he fought all of hell to finish and finish with his feet moving.
The highlight of the run was seeing some of my favorite people.
"Ken K" one of the fastest runners I know. His great attitude is energizing and magnetic.
Andy saw a co-worker from Hurley, Maureen with a bright smile, a constant Boston qualifier.
But the funniest "RUN IN'S" at the CRIM was when I finished.
"Anita?" I turned around and this guy was speaking to to me. I did not recognize him. "Anita, From Daily Mile?" I looked stunned and thought do I know this guy? "Yes" I responded. It was "Fritz" from Daily Mile. I was cracking up. And as I laughed with him for probably only a minute I hear "ANITA?" again. I look up and it is another guy I do not recognize. "Yes" I laugh still giggling. "Scott, from Daily Mile". OH, My goodness. HOW WEIRD. My name was on my bib but what are the odds. OH but wait...yup I hear it YET a 3rd time just a minute later, "Anita?" ..Now my head was spinning as we were all in a circle. It was "REBECCA" From Daily Mile!!! I wanted so bad to stick around and "Race Talk" but had to find Andy. What are the ODDS? I tell you there is always something out of the ORDINARY that happens to me at my races!!
"Paula" Ran a hard race with a calf injury.
Happy Birthday "Lori" and great Job on your 1st CRIM
Happy Birthday "Lori" and great Job on your 1st CRIM
"Clint Verran" came in 14th!!..My PT Guy.
"Ken K" Rocked out a PR and a SUB 70 minute 10 miler!
"Maureen" Jammed out a SUB 80 minute 10 miler
"Heidi" my running partner had the greatest smile after finishing her 10 miler.
"Fritz", "Scott", and "Rebecca" who finished with me and I finally got to meet!
"Dave" and "Karen" who ran the 8K and are Race Junkies.
"Jeff" our team Captiain for "Holly Road Runners"
And all those that I may be missing causing I am pooped out!
RUNDOWN: Official TIME
PLACE: 16th place in my division
|So Thankful for loving and supportive parents who are always there to cheer us on!|
Finished off my day having to Go back to work!
Dinner at Red Robin.
Low Fat Vanilla Latte at Starbucks for Dessert
And a double match game of KAN JAM with the boys
.Gotta go to bed because we are doing it all over again at the;
MERREL DOWN AND DIRTY 10k!!
"If you wanna catch me, you got to be fast...if you wanna stay with me, you got to be good...if you wanna pass me...You've got to be kidding."
Thought that was cute.
Anyone out there have a CRIM experience they wanna share? I wanna read!