My goal was to qualify. For this one, that meant doing it in under an hour. The best time I've ever walk/ran a 5K was about 1:25, last May. Not so good, and all my practice ones at home in the last 2 weeks have been around 25 minute miles.
So I was worried. Even more worried because I was DEAD LAST. No one behind me. It was sad indeed. However, that wasn't my worry, and I tried to not think about it. But that was hard also, because every time I got to a check station, they'd ask "you bringing up the rear?"
I said yes with a smile on my face and kept plowing ahead. Near the end I was worried.. I could hear people screaming for the lady in front of me (I was beat by a 68 yr old.) I was so worried that I might not beat the 1 hour mark- which was when they cut off the standings. My 11 yr old met me the last little bit & a fellow TOPS member did also. They ran with me, SH keeping me on track letting me know what I had to beat to get there. I thought my legs would be jelly when I crossed, but I did cross.
My time was:
I have time to spare!!!
I didn't cry, but I wanted to. I actually did it. I didn't really think I could... I admit that. I wanted to. Quite badly, but I thought it was impossible. But I did it.
I DID IT!!!!!
After we did it? We went to Red Robin, my favorite Missoula restaurant, and celebrated.