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“I wanted to quit but then I realized who was watching”
(author unknown- but something that I could relate to.)
In 2012, I wanted to participate in the Misquamicut Half Marathon which is held less than 10 minutes from our home. I was too scared to complete such a task and promised myself that in 2013 I would run it. I ran my first half marathon in May 2013. I have completed several 5K’s, one 10K Jamestown Bridge, and two Sprint Triathlons this year and the Misquamicut Half was to be my last race of the year. I compete against myself and wanted to improve my time. Unfortunately, a week before the race, I hurt my left hip badly. I waddled into a chiropractor’s office that helped me immensely! With Dr. Flahery permission, I decided to run the race and wish for the best.
As, I arrived to the race site, it was beautiful chilly Sunday morning. There were over 1600 runners who registered for the half and 400 runners for the 5K. I lined up towards the end of herd of people. The announcer instructed us to run towards the sun. Peopled cheered as they began their task and so, it began. I never felt good during this run. I tried so hard to get into a rhythm but my body was not cooperating. As my left hip started to get tight on me, I just struggled throughout the race to keep up. I had to give in and started speed walking and saying to myself, “no regrets, try your best”.
A volunteer told me less than half a mile! Finally, the end was near. I had to give the last leg my all and run it. I looked up and my two little boys ran up to me screaming, “Ma-Mi, Ma-Mi”.
I could not quit since they were watching. My 3 and 4 year old ran with me across the finish line! They were laughing while they were running and swinging their little arms trying to beat me. As I received my medal, I put it around Ian’s neck and told them that they had to share with Evan. Someone, heard me say that. The volunteer gave me two medals for the boys that were left over from the 5k event. The boys brought in their medals to pre-school Monday morning. They shared with Miss Mary and their class how they helped “Ma-Mi” at the race.
After the race, I went home and I stood in the shower. I cried in frustration on how bad my time was for my last race of the year.(3:04) I’m newbie to the racing world and yes, I cried! I tried so hard and did so poorly. Sometimes, you need to take a step back and look at the whole picture.
The Misquamicut Surftown Half Marathon 2013 was the worst race I ever ran but it was the BEST RACE I have ever completed. The scenic course itself was beautiful and it was a sunny day in the 70’s. The volunteers were helpful and courteous. I loved the fact that this event had people riding back and forth on their bikes checking up on the runners of the race. There were tents with massages available, music playing and complimentary beer and chowder for the participants.
Why was I crying? What a perfect end to a wonderful season of racing! I have made many new “race buddies”. We help each other out while training and racing. I now know the difference between a mountain bike and road bike. I know what “brick training” is and what “hitting the wall” means. I know how it feels to get off an 11 mile bike ride and run a 5k. I know how to swim in open water. I own a wet suit and used bike. I could run and not have to rely on an inhaler as much. I am becoming the woman that I envisioned by simply trying and surrounding myself with positive people.
But more important than anything, is that those two little boys…..
That are watching me will remember and strive for their best when they want to quit.
SO…… “I wanted to quit but then I realized who was watching”