Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Get up, and win the race!

Now by no means did I "win a race", we weren't even enrolled in the competitive race, but that's a repeating line in one of my favorite short books/poems...my dad bought me the book when I first started college, if you haven't read it you can read it here.  Anyway, this race that we participated in was my first time ever running in anything (besides on the track/stadium for gym class or cheerleading).  I had to train for this run, and still couldn't run all of it.  

The place was PACKED.  When the woman on the PA system signaled the start of the race we were stuck standing, moving every couple of minutes for about ten minutes, I felt like a cow being herded.  As soon as we got to the balloon arch (the starting place of the race) she said congratulations on starting your race, you technically started 10 minutes ago.  

As you can tell by the shadows under our eyes (which I tried minimizing) and our really bright faces, the sun was out, it was BRIGHT, and that bright sun was HOT, even at 9 in the morning.  Carleton and I made it 2 miles before I had to walk, Meredith College is VERY hilly, let me tell ya!  Anyway, we walked for a little while, then ran, then I had to walk again, then ran.  When I saw the end I started sprinting so I could make it in less than 35 minutes, but I'm pretty sure I crossed the line at exactly 35 minutes or 35:01, darnit!  

I think this will definitely be a yearly event, and I'm glad our friend, Ali, got us all involved and got us to run in this race, it was fun, and definitely a first for me!

P.S. on our way to the race someone flew in front of us and sent a rock up into our windshield giving it two BIG cracks:(  But it didn't break our spirits!


Lauren Darlene said...

Way to go Ash! Looks like you had fun. By he way, what is the name of the book?

Ben and Rachel said...

You go girl!