I entered my first organized race over the weekend. I had plans of sharing an inspiring story of adrenaline, triumph and afterglow.
Sadly, it was more a conquest of “let’s just do this” and getting by.
It was a 5k/10k race (I opted for 5k), up through the orchards of East Kelowna, and our week of rain finally let up just in time.
Sadly, it was a rough night with the kidlets and by the time 8 o’clock rolled around and the starter horn blared, I felt like I was nursing a bad hang-over.
My body called out to me, “bed, BED! Take me to bed!” My head felt discombobulated from the rest of me.
staggered about ran for three minutes at a time, alternating that with a two minute walk for the duration of the 5k. And as I walked, well, I snapped a plethora of photos of the beauty around me… which made it all worth the effort.
Everything was so green (thanks to all that rain, I guess), and the view was captivating. I wouldn’t mind running through the orchard more often…
In the end, my time was a miserable 36.12 minutes, which was just fine because I wasn’t in it to win or anything, anyway. And it should be a cinch to beat that next time. Oops! Did I say next time? We’ll see…
Are you a runner? Have you ever entered a 5k, 10k or marathon before? What do you most enjoy about it?
– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier