Sunday, April 27, 2014
We arrived early so we could pick up our packets, take pictures, talk (and drink coffee)... Right before the race, people split up with a partner or in groups of people who were walking, jogging, or running about their pace. Those running were right up front of the starting line. All of us took off at the pop of the gun and push forward through the Kansas wind. People were all over the race path encouraging all the participants. Cop cars and race workers lined the roads so that no one got lost. It was absolutely one of the best 5K races I've done as far as being professionally done and no confusion.
possibly a combo of everything, but I'm definitely paying for it today.
So what did I gain from the whole race day experience beside being completely sore?
A sense of EMPOWERMENT. I've preached since day one that my ultimate goal as a trainer is to EMPOWER individuals. And truthfully, nothing meant more to me than watching people who did the race last year to do it again this year as well watching those who have NEVER done a race. The women yesterday did the race I'm sure for several personal reasons, but to me, watching so many women come together for a common interest, to CELEBRATE THEM, means the world. Taking control of my health was the best thing I did for myself. And that's what I pray for all the individuals that were apart of yesterday. I pray that they all see themselves as strong, beautiful women with nothing holding them back. We are the only ones to hold ourselves back, and so with that said, I hope more will participate next year for the Emma Creek 26th 5K Walk/Jog/Run to celebrate being WHO they are and LOVING themselves.