For me, the Beaufort Road Race was that race. I grew up on the coast of North Carolina, in the small town of Beaufort. I loved growing up there and (sometimes) miss the quiet of the small town life. For as long as I can remember, the Beaufort Ole Towne Rotary has sponsored a 10K/5K through town. When I was a kid, I remember seeing signs advertising the race. I also remember thinking it would be cool to do the race... but since I was the little fat kid, I normally watched or went to the water station near my house to help pass out water to the runners.
When I started running on July 24, 2010, I knew this race was one I wanted to complete. When I started my blog, I added this race to my "fitness bucket list". Exactly 51 weeks after I started running, I completed the Beaufort Road Race 10K!
Earlier last week, I was very concerned about the race. I posted a message or two on Facebook to see if anyone I knew would be doing the race - no one responded. Later in the week, I posted a message on Facebook about my fear of coming in dead last. Thanks to some great encouragement from friends, I began to feel more confident about doing the race.
Around mile 1.3, I passed the road that connects my neighborhood area to Front Street (Leonda Drive). I saw Jason and my Daddy standing and cheering. I was "in the groove" with my music and smiled, waved and kept on running. Around mile 2.75, I passed the other side of Leonda Drive (at Lennoxville Road). Evidently J asked if I would marry him again. I didn't hear anything because I had my music going full blast, but my Daddy got it on video. It was pretty funny.
By the time I reached the water at mile 3, I was starting to get hot. I wasn't really thirsty, but my face was burning up. I ended up taking a cup of water and pouring it on my face. It helped a ton! I repeated this at miles 4 and 5. I didn't realize how much cooling my face and chest off would help.
The entire time, I had 3 ladies behind me. From mile 3 on, I turned occasionally to see if they were still there. They had been there, but kept falling further and further back. When I got to 5.25/5.5 miles, I turned around to see who was still behind me. Well, they weren't there. You know what that meant? If those three ladies were not still behind me, I was going to be last.
I realized that this race was about me, not the people behind me. As much as the thought of being last frustrated me, I kept on truckin'. As I got closer to the finish line, there were people cheering and being so encouraging. I finished the Beaufort Road Race in 1:19:59. I had a goal to finish in less than 1:20 and I did it - one second less, but I did it!
I had a little bit of a hard time dealing with finishing last yesterday. After I thought more throughout the day about how far I have come in one year, I was happy with the result. I am actually going to write another post tomorrow or later this week about being last because of a shirt I saw today.
Looking forward to doing the Beaufort Road Race again next July!!