Thursday, August 27, 2009

I'm So... Startled

We're two days away from race time people... do you know where your children are? Oh wait, I mean, are you ready for this?! I don't know why, but I get so nervous for these things! I don't know what I'm so nervous about. All day today I've been walking around with butterflies in my stomach. I think I'm just worried that all this training is somehow going to fly out the window and I'm going to suck really bad or get injured the day before the race or something stupid. Why do I do this to myself? Who knows. I just want to do really good. And I want to run the whole way without stopping. Which I still haven't done on the race course, but have done many times during all my runs for the last several weeks. Even up big hills. But not on the big hill on the course. That's my main goal for Saturday... to run the whole thing without stopping.

Anyway, for those of you who are coming to race, here are the details again:

Ogden Family Fitness Day 5K Run:

•If you haven't already registered, it'll cost you $20 on race day and you probably won't get a shirt.

•Race begins at 9:00 a.m.

•Check-in and Day-of registration

8:00-8:50 am

I would recommend giving yourself plenty of time to get there, check-in,  and get warmed up. Here's a map of how to get to the MTC Learning Park. I would recommend taking the 24th St. exit off of I-15 in Ogden  because 12th St. is under construction. Plus, then you only have to make one left turn onto Monroe Blvd. and you're pretty much there. The MTC Learning Park will be on the right as you start to go down the big hill on Monroe.

Good luck everybody!


It's Me said...

You'll do great! I think it's awesome that you've stuck with the running and training. Don't be so hard on yourself! Good Luck!!

Rachel said...

I also have butterflies in my stomach already. Back when I was running cross-country, there was always a big line at the bathroom before the race. A couple of girls from Butte would stand outside the door and count the "plops" they could hear happening inside. "Five plops!" they would say. "She must be really nervous!"

Karen said...

Leave it to Rachel to bring up the poo stories! HA! I totally know what you're talking about and I wasn't going to go there but since you brought it up... in my neck of the woods (meaning just me), that phenomenon is called "Worry Poo." And that's half the reason I GET worried in the first place... worrying about worry poo. And having to take a pit stop in the middle of the race! Good thing there's lots of bathrooms and bushes around.

heidi said...


Geez, Kay, I'm just so dang proud of you for carrying out that difficult, grueling, at-times-frustrating/disheartening training! I think the journey overshadows the destination in this case... but I'm super excited to hear how the destination looks when ya get there!

Also, I have been forgetting and forgetting to tell you... I RAN! I RAN! I RAN! All because of you. You inspired me. I haven't jogged since... right after you started your training. But, last week I wasn't tempted by any of my normal exercise choices and I went 5 WHOLE DELIGHTFUL K! With only two things in mind: 1--inspired by something you blogged about, I wanted to aim at running the whole way, and 2--I focused on how much I was enjoying being outside. The breeze off the river was blissful... it felt wonderful being outside... the sun glinting off the river gladdened my heart...

And you know what? I completed it all in RECORD TIME! And, coming back, I thought to myself--"as a teenager, would I EVER have guessed that as a grown-a. woman I would actually JOG for ENJOYMENT?!"

Finally... well, since I'm publicly confessing my nice feelings, I should also add... Afterwards, I was stretching (which I simply ADORE) and I had this overwhelming wish to challenge you to a stretching contest. It struck me as an odd desire, and, I internally investigated where it was coming from... and realized: I feel competitive with your running accomplishments, because I'm JEALOUS. I'll get over it, cuz I AM genuinely so pleased for you.

But, you've inspired envy, and I just thought you should know!


Holly said...

Good luck, Karen! Can't wait to hear about the race!