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Run the Rock!

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Posted by Christy.

Slow and steady runs the whole race.

That’s my motto.

I set out with a goal of running the entire race, not walking, and with no specific time goal in mind. I forgot to take my Nike Sportband, but decided that was okay since I was just aiming to complete, not compete. And there will be an official record of the run, once they get the numbers posted. Go to Run the Rock’s website and check it out!

How was it? AWESOME!!!

First, it was a beautiful day in a spectacular setting! Thank you, Lord!

Second, I was with my wonderful hubby celebrating 17 years of marriage, and our beautiful children.


Wow, who is that awesomely cute #12??? Oh yeah, MY HUBBY!!!

Third, my Uncle Mark joined us, making the event even more fun and festive!

Fourth, one of the big draws for us was the FREE babysitting! Thank you, Debra!

Fifth, the praying really helps! I toyed with the idea of taking my camera or phone and taking pictures on the run, but (1) I really just needed to concentrate on running, and (2) I know the photos I would have taken while running wouldn’t have done either the inclines or the beauty justice. So use your imagination. Or check out the photos on the Run the Rock website. The place pretty much looks the same as last year.

But I digress… the praying really does it for me, because when I’m chugging slowly up one of those big hills, or really anywhere on a run, if I keep thinking about how hard it is or how much farther I have to go or just about anything else, what incentive do I have to keep going? If, however, I am engrossed in prayer with God, either petitioning for help and/or healing for my friends and family, or offering thanks and praise, or even asking for strength to complete the task, somehow, and I can’t explain it, but somehow it becomes not just a physical but a spiritual experience, more meaningful, more fulfilling, more fun, and lots, lots easier and so full of joy. And then what incentive do I have to stop? Or go faster? Think about it, Crazy Love-style.

Sixth, the Family Fun Run! A half-mile jaunt with the whole family!

Seventh, how can you not love just about anything that ends in a free massage? I mean, really??? Sorry, no pictures.

Eighth, after-race celebration at Madwell’s! Perfect day to sit outside and chill on the patio, enjoying yummy food, great company, and wondrous views!

Oh, and my time? I finished in around 46 minutes, approximately the same amount of time it takes me to run the same distance in my (much less challenging and lower elevation) neighborhood. I do not know how. Well, maybe I do.

I do believe we’ll be doing this one again next year. Why don’t you join us?

Trail Run Trial Run

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Posted by Christy. Lest anyone mistake me for Dave.

When I started running last January using the Couch-to-5K Program, the idea was that at the end of the program I would run in a 5K. Before the end of the 9 weeks I was running 4 miles a day, 3 times a week. But I had trouble finding a 5K that worked with the family’s schedule, so I kind of let it go.

Around the end of June I happened to see a sign for a 5K in Conifer, near where we live, so I finally decided that this should be it. Run the Rock! It was scheduled for August 14, our 17th wedding anniversary, and I had at that time about 6 weeks to get ready for it. I figured if I had been running 4 miles at a stretch just a few mere months before, getting ready for a 3.1 mile run in 6 weeks should be no problem. Right.

I started my re-training in Missouri, where the heat and humidity and torrential rain made my training runs brief. I had an interim goal, to run with my runner/writer friend Cara, who was running and blogging for 31 days straight, so I was working on speed as well as distance to prepare for my debut with a “real” running buddy. I experimented with running with some ladies in my neighborhood to help me prepare. Let’s just say that I was less than ready to run with a group or even a single buddy, to put it kindly. I also discovered that I prefer to run alone.

So as the 5K race drew nearer, I began to grow uneasy. In re-reading the description of the course, I paid closer attention to the mention of a 500-foot elevation change. I measured the elevation change on the 3-mile loop in my neighborhood, which continues to be quite daunting for me. Approximately 288 feet from the lowest point to the highest. Hmm. What have I gotten myself into? First I decided that I shouldn’t be worrying about this, it’s voluntary, it’s for fun, who cares if I can’t do it? Then I decided I needed to check out the course first hand to alleviate my concerns. So much for not worrying.

I arranged with a friend to meet me at the park with her 3 kids, and I took along 3 of my kids. We met in the heat of the day, at around 1 pm. My 4-year-old pooped out right away, so as soon as the trail turned uphill he started whining for me to carry him. Okay. I tossed him on my back. Then my 6-year-old started whining for me to carry him. Sorry, full up. So I had to wheedle and prod and cajole him up the 500-foot elevation change in the heat of the afternoon while carrying a 43-pound kid on my back. As I reached the top, my husband called on my cell phone and I answered the call, breathless. We only ended up hiking 2 of the 3.1 miles, but I was very glad for the practice, because I’m pretty sure that running the whole 5K, even with all the uphill, is going to be a lot easier than hiking it with my entourage, cell phone, and the extra 43 pounds.

Bring it, I’m ready!

Almost.

Plan for the day:
6:00 am – rise, read my Bible and pray
6:15 am – yoga and more praying
6:45 am – make oatmeal and coffee
7:00 am – wish hubby happy anniversary and eat oatmeal together
7:15 am – wake kids, feed kids, dress kids, load up family in car
7:30 am – leave for race
7:45 am – check in for race
9:00 am – race and more praying. lots more.

After that, who knows??? I’ll let you know how it goes!