I had a BLAST at the Wolf Pack relays. I was SO nervous before the event. I have never done speedwork, I have definitely never sprinted. Some of the people on the team have a competitive track background. I am in one of the slower pace groups for the team, I didn’t know what I was getting myself in to.
We started out filling all of Murphy’s getting together and finding our team. I didn’t know any of the ladies I was running with. That was good so I could meet new people, but also a little nerve wrecking.
Then we took off as a group of 100 people for our warm up run. I have no clue what my pace was, but we ran about a mile and then the relays started. I was on team 8. The first group was 1-5 so I waited and cheered nervously for everyone to run. I didn’t know most of the people’s names, but you don’t have to know them to cheer for them.
Then it was my team’s turn. Oh man I was nervous. I was the 3rd person on my 4 person team to go. I didn’t want to let anyone down. I didn’t want to let myself down. When the second runner came back and I took off I heard someone say something that I NEVER thought I would hear about myself “WOW, she’s fast!” I wish I knew who said that so I could hug them. It meant so much to me to hear someone say that. They weren’t saying it to make me feel better. They weren’t saying it to be nice. They just made a comment to someone near by as I passed. It really meant the world to me and gave me the strength I needed to make it through. Only 400m, but damn that felt like a long time! I did it though! I slowed down a bit when my lungs caught on fire, but I did my best!
My team then went down to the turn around point where we cheered for the other runners. It gets quiet when you are away from the crowd. You get in your head and that voice says no one can even tell if you slow down. It gets hard, especially when you turn around and see how far you still have to go. So we stood there and cheered everyone as they turned around. It was a lot of fun and a great way to get to know the other people on my team.
Afterwards, no we didn’t win. I did stay and have a beer with some of the women on the training team. Its as good just to hang out and talk. Unemployment hasn’t been easy for me, I don’t like not having an active schedule piled with things to do. The wolf pack relay and the company of some wonderful people really helped me lift my spirits.