Monday, April 19, 2010

The hills are alive with the sound of me gasping for breath and begging for a golf cart to take me the rest of the way.

I'm starting to get pretty nervous about the 5k on May 1st.  It's less than 2 weeks away and I thought I was ready.

Ready, that is, until we drove the course yesterday and I realized that the entire first mile is UPHILL.

The 3/4 mile loop that  I normally run is a mix of flat, uphill, downhill and even the dreaded long, gradual incline.  So, before yesterday, I was feeling that I could handle anything that the race course had to offer.

As we began to drive the course my husband was saying things like, "Wow!  Uphill!"  and "1/2 mile and it's still uphill."   "Well, that was a whole mile of uphill."

As he sensed the mild panic attack I was having in the passenger seat, he tried to convince me that this was a good thing. "But that's the way you want it to be.  You want the uphill at the beginning so you have the downhill at the end."

No, sweetie.  I want the uphill to be on another course.  Not this one!  What's wrong with a perfectly flat course?  Isn't there anywhere in the city that is perfectly flat? Or, even better, how about the downhill at the beginning and the end.  Is this too much to ask?

As I was doing my run this morning, I tried to focus on something positive to keep my mind off of 1 mile of uphill  and I found the perfect thing to think about.  In less than two weeks, the race would be over. And that made me almost as happy as 1 mile of downhill.

11 comments:

Denise said...

Sweetie, you will do great.

Mary said...

Once upon a time I did a 5K that was completely up a mountain. Oh...that was also my last 5K! :D
At least the hill is at the beginning!

anonymous educator said...

I suppose you could run the course in reverse.

jennwa said...

You are going to kick that hill's butt. I bet there is going to be so much going on we will not even notice that hill.

I can dream, can't I?

Lee and Beth said...

LOL! You are going to do wonderful, Beth!
Love your title by the way. Cute!! :)

Jamie said...

Oh no!!! I know I should tell you something encouraging but since I'm running the same race and it's my first (yours too, right?), I'm not happy about this news either! H/e, I think Jennifer is right. There'll be so much excitement that we probably won't notice the that hill. I haven't kept up w/ your blog but I'm sure you're doing an awesome job with the training. I too am looking forward to it being over!!!

Mari said...

You'll do great! Just wait till you hit that downhill part and can "coast" to the finish line!

EntertainingMom said...

You can do it. I have faith!!!! Best of luck!

rhemashope said...

wow, you are awesome beth! i know you'll take that hill. you go, girl!

Lisa said...

you are awesome Beth! I'm proud of you & know you will do great!!!

Susan said...

You lost me after "we drove the course"...my preferred method of exercise.