I hope you all had a great weekend and it wasn’t too terribly sad waking up to a Monday.
We had a fun weekend in the Murphy household. I told you guys Friday I was running a 5k for breast cancer awareness, well I had no idea I was going to run it until a couple days before. A lady that was running with my mom wasn’t feeling well and decided it would be best to sit this one out; mom knew I would enjoy it, so I took her place.
I felt really good when the race started and came up on mile one at 7:45. I noticed I was keeping the same pace as a guy in front of me, and although I could tell he was a stronger runner, I decided I was going to stay with him until we crossed the finish line. Holy moly, he was definitely a motivator.. I knew he could tell what I was doing and I think it made him push harder as well. Towards the end of the race I passed him, but knew he would come in strong at the very end. I got over my last hill and could see the finish line, but seriously thought I was going to throw up. Around that time my buddy came running past me with encouraging words to push it, we were almost there! I ended up finishing at 22:20!
He found me afterwards to congratulate me and I told him that I would have never pushed myself that hard if it wasn’t for my decision to keep up with him in the beginning.
I ended up coming in 16th out of 1200 women!
I know it is only a 5k and that is like a sprint for all you serious runners, but running has not been a big part of my life in over a year; I only do it once or twice a week to warm up before my workout, so I was pretty excited about the outcome.
Charlie and I were going to go mountain biking Sunday but the grandparents couldn’t keep Joseph, so I ended up jogging to the gym for an upper body circuit. The jog was gorgeous and I couldn’t help but feel incredibly blessed to live in my neck of the woods.
We ended the weekend with a stroll in the park
Have a great day!
Questions of the day:
Have you ever been motivated by a stranger during a race?
Did you end up doing better because of it?