Well I did it!
This past weekend we had our first Monmouth County Team training at Manasquan Reservoir in Howell. It was cold….and it was early…and I’ve been sick….and it’s almost Christmas, and I didn’t get much sleep the night before. A lot of excuses right? Any one of those excuses would have kept me from going to an early Saturday morning Yoga class at the gym, or from jumping on the treadmill. But my team was waiting- including my little sister who got me started on this journey. I couldn’t let them down!
So this is how it went down…
As I mentioned, I have been a little under the weather, so I’ve been taking NyQuil on a nightly basis. I knew this was risky for Friday night, but what’s a girl to do if she has got a mean cold and has to be running outside the next morning? Luckily, NyQuil didn’t stop me from getting up (earlier than on a workday) to trek over to Howell from Ocean County for the training. I was so proud of myself that I was 15 minutes early! And I tried not to get insulted when my sis called me when I was on my way to see if I was still in bed :)
So my sister Liz and I arrived early enough to sit in the car together and try to figure out if we were dressed appropriately (we failed on both counts- she ended up dressing way too warm and I was a little too cold) and we then we headed out to meet the group.
I have to apologize in advance because I do not remember anyone’s name- but what a terrific bunch of people! Everyone was so friendly and encouraging (and dressed appropriately I might add) that we felt immediately at ease. I had been most excited to meet Coach Sue after hearing of her awesomeness, and she did not disappoint!
After taking care of business and logistical matters, we listened to an inspirational story from one of our runners to remind us why we were there. A somber moment but one that really brought us all back to our motivation- to help raise money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Forget all of my excuses from the morning, forget my sinuses and cough- I was going to run like the wind!
OK well maybe I didn’t run like the wind exactly….it was more like a gentle breeze. I staggered behind the full marathon runners and did my best to keep moving. I had planned on walking the first mile to warm up and then leisurely work up to running, but Coach Sue had something different in mind. She started off jogging right away, so we all did our best to follow. I was surprised that I could do that without a little walk first. In fact, I think I ran much more due to the fact that I jumped right in. And you know what, Coach Sue stayed with me the entire time! She is completely awesome! I couldn’t run the entire 3 miles, I have to admit. (I know, 3 miles is not close to the 13.1 that I am working towards, but it’s the first week! )
I am proud of what I accomplished Saturday. At times I felt a little like I was going to die, but I pushed myself to do something different and challenge myself and I did it. I’m also so proud of my sissy ( http://pages.teamintraining.org/nj/nj13/epodolsky) for training this weekend as well. No matter what her busy schedule is, she made it there before me, ready to go.
Sorry there are no pictures from Saturday, I was still struggling to get up and figure out what was what. But look for a few next week!
Have a great week! And don’t forget about the raffle to win a trip to the SuperBowl! See my separate post for full info.