... and I couldn't have done it without the support of all of you, here. Thank you.
Many months ago, I chose this "Bum Run" (raises funds and awareness for colrectal cancer) as my first race because a) it started near my home so I could just do a pleasant warm-up walk to get there b) late April: should be gentle weather with lots of flowers and new leaves on the trees.
Well, HA! a) Of course I was running late this morning and had to take an uber and even so, only arrived few minutes before the race started. b) It's darn cold, here. As in, awoke with snow on the ground and bitter wind blowing. Not a bud or tender bloom to be seen.
But, all went okay. I read that most people are happy with under-25 minutes result, and a runner friend told me that anything less than 30 minutes is respectable. But I ran the whole way (no walking), finished at 36:20 and I am absolutely proud of myself.
I have already signed up for my next race, a month from now. Late May in Toronto tends to be warm but not yet the muggy, mosquito-y weather that descends upon us in June - early September. But we already know about my weather-predicting powers...
*note -attached photo is not of me but rather a random picture pulled from the internet, depicting how I felt crossing that finish-line. "Respectable" time, be d*mned!