Last Saturday I ran in my first race in a very long time. I only showed up, really, at the insistance of my running partner, Kami, who was running the 10 mile race and wanted me to do it with her. I knew that 10 miles is (sadly) out of my league right now, but I agreed to do the 5 mile one, thinking that at least I could keep her company for half the race.
I actually had a great time, and finished in under my goal time of an hour, which isn't my best time ever by a longshot, but for this race coming out of a long winter season, I was happy. There's something about being with people who really enjoy the same things you do that seems to create energy out of thin air. I'm SO glad to have energy back for running. Weeeelll, that might be overstating it a tad. But I DO have new energy for the IDEA of running, so at least we're headed in the right direction.
(Which is good, because I am signed up for a half marathon coming up in 3 weeks. I'm actually sort of excited for it now.)
Last Saturday's race, though, was in a state park close to my house, so I decided to ride with Kami (who has a park pass) to the starting line, and then The Brain said he would come and pick me up when I was done. He's always really supportive of my running - - which is one of the main reasons it continues.
Anyway, I said to him - when you drive in, if they tell you you have to pay the park fee to just pick me up, tell them to forget it. I'll just walk the half mile to the entry booth, no big deal.
His response? "I would pay whatever it costs and drive anywhere it takes to come and get you."
And after that, it kinda didn't matter how I did in the race, because I was already having a fantastic day.
And THEN - they didn't make him pay to get in, so with the money he saved, he suggested we go to Sonic.
Did I mention he's a keeper?