Let me start this story off by telling you all a fact:
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 GO! – Is the worst time EVER to realize you have to pee.
A couple of months ago I registered for this race – what I thought would be my first ever 5k. Then I got a bit ahead of myself, and ended up doing an impromptu 5k last month instead. You can read about that race right here. It took me almost exactly an hour to cross the finish line last month. In the past several weeks since that run, I’ve been working out consistently, but I do admit I’d been slacking BIG TIME in the running department. By slacking, I mean hardly running at all. So this past Friday night I was worrying like crazy that I wouldn’t be able to successfully participate Saturday Morning in the Walk in the Wild 5k at The Phoenix Zoo. I was sure I’d come in last. Even more worrisome? I’d convinced one of my life long friends, Dani, to run it with me. Let’s just say she’s in better shape than me. This was going to be embarrassing.
Since I ran The Color Run all by myself, and met my family and friends at the finish line, it was a lot more fun having Dani with me this time. The girl is a machine. A monster. If you’ve never been to The Phoenix Zoo, then you don’t know that there are a ton of steep up-hill areas. SHE MADE ME RUN UP THEM. She was not taking “I’m just gonna walk for a bit” as an answer. I asked her if her calves were burning, and when she said no, I almost tripped her. She practically danced through the finish line, without a sweat bead to be found on her forehead. I practically collapsed at the finish line. My hair, soaking wet.
But you know what made me want to plant a big fat kiss on her lips? When we were walking over to the bathroom right when we finished and she said, “Dang girl, we did that in exactly 30 minutes”. Thats right you guys!!!
I would have never finished in 30 minutes without her there. Thank you Dani!!
Moral of this story – if you don’t have an accountability partner, then get one.