Monday, September 01, 2008

Nike Human Race

I have been lurking this blog for several months now, not wanting to post until after my first race, well I finally did it! I ran my first 10k last night. I'd rather not post my time because, frankly, it wasn't good. But after months of terrible shin splints and almost backing out of the race at the last minute I'm really just thrilled that I finished. Last night was the Nike Human Race, a race run in 25 cities around the world with a projected 1 million runners. I live in Seattle, but since there wasn't a race here I chose to run the Vancouver, BC race. I have to say, it was one of the most exhilirating experiences of my life. The amount of people there was unreal, everyone was so excited to be there, running in this historical run. It was truly amazing. My husband decided at the last minute to register and run with me, which turned out to be really helpful. The shin splits have really been a major setback the last few months and his support was much needed. Every time I wanted to quit he just pushed me that much further. We came in almost at the end (laugh all you want, I did!) hand in hand. It was fabulous!! I can hardly move today, but as soon as the pain subsides, which I hope is soon, I'll be back at it. Next up is a fun run called the Brew Ha-Ha, a 5k in Fremont in celebration of Oktoberfest. I'm looking forward to it, and after the 10k, this one should be a breeze.

The crowd, waiting for go time:

Almost there, crossing the Burrard St. Bridge, very tired:

Finally finished:


The Roberts said...

Good for you! Congrat's on your finish! I too did the Human Race, but with no locations near me, I just did it on my own.

staci-d said...

You did it and that's awesome :) It really is a great thrill to cross the finish line. It's also neat that you were able to do the race with your hubby. I hope you recover quickly and it is always nice to read a good race report. Thanks for sharing! It's encouraging to all of us other runners!!

Endre - High Priestess of the Rant said...

Glad you started and finished - sometimes starting is the scariest part. Before my first race (a 5k)- I thought I was going to be sick - and the night before my first 1/2 I hardly slept at all. Hope your shins are done giving you problems - those are the worst.

Good Job

Josha said...

I did it too, on my own! Wasn't it great to be a part of it??? Yippee for all of us!

Gina said...

Never be ashamed of your time. Now you just have a personal record to beat. Great job having the gumption to start!

Kelly(M&M) said...

Congrats on your first race! That is one you will always remember. How fun that you finished with your husband. I can't wait to run my 10k with Jeff. He has been my biggest supporter and I love seeing him make new milestones too.
I agree with Gina-never be ashamed of your time. We all start somewhere- that is the great thing about running- it is all about you! You set your own goals.
Can't wait to hear about your 5k. Good job!