Absolutely awesome morning. I can say that now that it's finished. Today was the PRA Cross Country 5K at UWF. This is a true trail course complete with hills, sand, dirt, and roots! Speaking of roots, I managed to find one of them at about the 1/4 mile point. Fell smack on my face! I thought, not again! I fell at the 1 mile point at the Bay to Breakfast 8K last year. Anyway, I got right up and keep running. Didn't get too far behind anyone.
I have to tell you though, this was tough race for me. I suffer from a couple medical conditions that make running a challenge for me. I push through the initial pain when I run on the road, but these trail runs, well they're much harder on my body. Today I must have told myself at least 12 times 'there is no shame in quitting', 'no one would give a rats if i quit'. Those thoughts keep going on in my head over and over and over. Finally, after about the 1st mile or so, I felt like I was getting stronger. I managed to pass a couple people on the open areas and that encouraged me to press on.
It felt like forever before I finally got close to the finish line. I could hear the music playing and them announcing the people crossing the line. This was all I needed to push me harder. I finished the race strong and managed to come in under 27 minutes. That was my 'un-said' goal.
To my surprise, I ended up taking first in my age group. Yippie!! Time: 26:43!
Til the next time my friends, happy running!