Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Runner

5:15 a.m. - Alarm clock ringing, drag myself out of bed, turn on coffee(even tho I won't be partaking), 1st trip to the bathroom.

5:25 - Eat one piece of toast with butter and jelly. Would like another but stomach forbids it.
Legs start their nervous shaking(cut it out legs, it's only a run).

5:40 - Second trip to the bathroom. Nervous stomach. Every race day starts this way.

5:45 - Sit ups. I've discovered this helps get air out of stomach that I got from eating my toast.

5:55 - Dress in new running shorts. This could be a big mistake. Never wear something to run in
you haven't tried before.

6:10 - We're on our way. The beautiful morning sky didn't do much to calm the nerves.Rain was predicted today but luckily not until the afternoon.

6:45 - Arrival at Mississippi College who was hosting The Senior Olympics where I am running my
5K. Get registered

6:55 - Nervous stomach is needing another bathroom break. A couple of more times should be
sufficient.

7:25 - Walk to the other side of the track to begin race. Heart is racing, I feel like I am going to
"lose my cookies" any minute.

7:30 - "Runners ready!" Gun goes off. 1 1/2 laps inside the track. At the first curve breathing is
already labored and I'm ready to quit. It's going to be a tough run.

7:32 - Out of the track and onto the neighboring roads.Time to leave the track onto uncharted territory.7:45 - Heavy, heavy labored breathing. I probably sounded like a fog horn on a boat running down the road. Lungs are begging to stop, legs ain't letting it happen.7:52 - Oh so glad to be headed back into the stadium. I'm smelling the finish line.7:54 - Finish line. Yippee!!! Did I say yippee!!! Labored breathing finally stops. Stomach instantly settles down. And the winner is!!!! So is it worth it?!??!?! See that smile!!!!!



33 comments:

Milah said...

Good for you! Congratulations!

Terri said...

Hooray! :) Congratulations! You are the woman!!!!! I totally get that nervous stomach thing, and I always start a race way too fast, and wind up hurting in the first mile. Ah, well - nothing beats it, does it?

deedee said...

Woohoo! And pictures, too! You look great up there on the winner platform.

Deb said...

congratulations!!! great photo!!!

Jen said...

WooHoo for you. I would have cheered you on if I were there. :D

ha..my word verification says forth, but you weren't... you were first!!

Cortney said...

You are a ROCK STAR!!!! I hope grandma was there to see this! Your time is P-H-E-N-O-M-E-N-A-L!!!! Love ya!

Dorothy said...

Congratulations of the win!! Good for you!!!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Yeah! I'm so happy for you. You've been doing great in your races.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Congrats, Susie... I blew that last picture up just to see your smile. I am SO proud of you.... Besides being a fabulous gardener, you are also a runner.... WOW--that's neat.
Hugs,
Betsy

Bren said...

This is wonderful... way to go Suzie! I would love to be a runner but unfortunately was not gifted with that skill. I will have to continue to make smiles in the garden.
Once again WAY TO GO!!!!

Ginger said...

The winner - wow!! You are so inspirational!

Jacquie said...

I told you I was EXPECTING that. There is something about running that when I see it... someone on a movie or TV running on a beach or somthing like that... it looks so freeing and relaxing. It calls my name... and then I run (on a treadmill, outside, whatever) and it is all I can do to get my run done and over with. It is SO hard for me, so I don't enjoy it. I just do it to get in my cardio. I wish I loved it like you seem to.

I'm simply amazed at your skill for it. Look at that time!! Remind me again how YOUNG you are?

Mildred said...

We are all sharing in your joy and accomplishment. You are just amazing Susie! Nalley and I send our heartiest congrats.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Congratulations!!! Wow, Susie...LOVED the shots--the entire sequence! And love to read about your races. Feel so proud knowing about your win!

NatureStop said...

Congratulations!!! the winning shot is great!!!

Lanny said...

yeah Suzie! I loved WATCHING you run!

Daisy said...

HURRAY! Sure looks like a happy smile to me. :) Congratulations, Susie! You should be very proud of your accomplishment. I don't have the knees to do any running, but that's OK because walking suits me much better. I'm very happy for you. :D

Susie said...

Thanks everyone! Y'all are all so sweet. Hope I didn't bore you too much.

Happy Sunday to everyone!!!

perennialgardener said...

Congratulations Susie! I'm so proud of you! :)

A Girl & Her Garden said...

Nice job!!! I'm jealous of your time! I just picked up some new running shoes this weekend..we start training for the Chicago marathon in a few weeks.

Meadowview Thymes said...

That is way too cool! Way to go Susie!

George said...

Congratulations again! You definitely look at home on the winner's stand.

Darla said...

GREAT JOB Susie!! I could do flips for miles but never could get into the running! I'm envious!! You look so cute!

TC said...

Yay! Ms. Susie, you won! Congratulations! Maybe you should enter the Kentucky Derby! Oh, wait a second, that's for horses. ;~P

Roses and Lilacs said...

Great big congrats! I would have never imagined a serious case of nerves before a run;) Good on you girl.
Marnie

DP Nguyen said...

Congrats Susie! That sounds like a lot of fun. I'd be full of nerves too!

Leedra said...

Congratulations!!!! Sorry about the nervous stomach.

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jen said...

Go Susie go!!! Your Awesome

Becky said...

Yippee Skippy Sissy!!! I'm soooo proud of you. Hope you and momma are havin' fun!!!

Elise said...

Congratulations on another win! I love your play by play.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Congratulations....Have enjoyed reading your blog. Hope you will visit me...The posts from our most recent "Grandparent Disney trip" are beginning, with a look into the eyes of my little guys from this "Grammy"! Also every comment counts as an entry for the May giveaway. (See Monthly Card Box Giveaway"!)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Thanks for stopping by...I will be back with more Disney posts and pictures next week....

just had to take a break and share about little Maggie..life has changed so drastically for this family in a week. Please pray.

Miss Sandy said...

Susie,
CONGRATS!!!!!! Yeah! I so wish I had the stamina and was in the shape to run as you do.