Saturday, September 20, 2008

I did it!

Okay so first of all, when I signed up for the Saint Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration, this is kind of what I expected:

Sunshine, and cool temperatures because, after all, the run is in the morning in late September, in Boise, Idaho.

THIS is what I got...

I took these pictures leaving the house this morning on the drive to the race.

It was yucky outside. Rainy, Windy and overcast, the tempurature was in the low 50's.

Since this is my first 5k ever, I've never even signed up to walk one, I wanted to make sure I got there plenty early, which translated into waiting in the rain for about an hour with about 10,000 other soaking, cold, women. We were all drenched, and bouncing around trying desperately to keep warm.


The run went pretty well. It was tough starting out that wet and cold, and carrying quite a bit of extra weight with all my clothes soaking wet, but once I got into my pace I felt pretty good.

When I came around the bend and could see the finish line I was overwhelmed with emotion. not over finishing or anything, but what this run represented to me. I started running this spring for the emotional healing after loosing my baby, Vincent. I was coming from the worst possible place, Physically and mentally. Horribly out of shape and recovering from childbirth, depressed and extremely unfocused. Being able to do this means so much to me.


All things considered, I did alright and I'm happy with my results. My official time was 32:07, which is about a minute or so faster than my practice time, and about 2:07 slower than I was dreaming for. I placed 386th place out of 710 runners. What I said when I registered, was I didn't want to finish last, and I hoped to come in near the middle of the pack. I was a little behind were I was hoping to finish, but considering where I was physically when I started training in May/June of this year, I feel pretty good about how I did.

Afterward, it took about 25 minutes to find Andy and the kids. We were all drenched and cold so we decided to head home right away. Poor Aaron was shivering from the cold and his legs hurt. Andy has a sprained ankle from basketball last week, and we had about a 2 mile walk back to the car. I got to carry Aaron, who weighs about 37 lbs... when he's dry... all the way back to the car.

Next year, I'm bringing someone extra along to take pictures of me. Sorry Andy, but you're fired as my photographer. We took this last one when we got home from the race.


I think I might take a nap this afternoon...

By the way, I hope my friend Heather is having a great time! She's running the Top of Utah Marathon this weekend. Go Heather!

12 comments:

The Moyers said...

Serious congrats!!!! I am so proud of you! It's a challenge even on the most beautiful day, and you did it, despite some rather unpleasant circumstances. (And did it well, I might add!) I am extremely happy for you, and proud of your accomplishment, not only the race, but the personal growth. You have inspired me.

Melanie: said...

How wonderful! I'm so happy for your accomplishment! Good Job!

Heather said...

Congratulations Camille!! Hope you got your nap and dryed out a bit!

Ali said...

I am so proud of you. You are an AWESOME, AMAZING and TALLENTED women. Well Done Sweetie!!!

Damaris said...

Camille: Congratulations on your achievement. I am so happy for you!!!! This is truly a major accomplishment and it was not only a physical, and emotional one but a spiritual one also. You made it to the mountain TOP!!! WHOO HOO. I am so happy and proud of you my friend. CONGRATS!!!!Please feel the huge hug I am sending you my friend. Like I said, you have a personal cheerleader here..LOL.
HUGE HUGS..I am so proud of you!
Damaris

AMY said...

you made me tear up with your reason for running!

kat said...

yay! so proud of you....
xoxo
kat

Breya Fujimoto said...

You go girl! I think maybe I can run to the end of my street - well.... maybe. I'll be your photog next year!

Jesse Edwards said...

next year I'll do it with you, but I am glad I missed the year of rain! You did fantastic! Are you kidding?! Congrats to your friend too...I would never have the guts to run a marathon.

BigTex said...

OK! It is not my fault there are no pics of her running. As she came by us the first time the kids started yelling at me for some stupid thing and I got distracted and missed a front view shot. Then right after that, Jennica told me she had to go potty - and she could not hold it. We missed Camille coming cross the finish line because of the kids, not me.

Kristi M. said...

Wow! You did an awesome job! I couldn't miss the weather Saturday and thought of you running in it. I was sure glad that I wasn't there. It was nasty. You did an amazingly fantastic job! That is such a great time. That was just right there with the best of them. That was a lot of people running. Great job!

mandbrid said...

Yay for you Camille!