I did a 5k on Saturday . . . the second one of the season . . . I am so out of shape it’s not even funny . . .
But I started the race . . . and I finished the race . . . one step at a time . . .
And, like always, about half way through the race I thought to myself . . .
“Why the hell do I do this to myself?”
“I don’t even like doing these things!”
“Isn’t there a statute of limitations on doing these stupid things in Prince Charming’s memory?”
Then I hear a voice tell me . . .
“No. There is no statute of limitations on your love for him, so yea you keep doing them as long as you have breath in your body and you can walk.”
“Walking is good for your blood pressure, your cholesterol, your weight, your bones . . . ”
“You know he’d be here doing this with you if he could.”
And then when I thought I didn’t want to do another race ever again . . . I heard this song on my iPod . . .
It was the song playing when we walked into the restaurant on our first “adult” date . . . when it gets to the part where John sings “everybody was looking, but I saw you first” Prince Charming turned and looked at me with that mischievous smile and the devilish twinkle in his eye . . .
“Damn you, Bowman, you always know just how to get me to smile and stop bitching about something . . . ”
So now I’m looking at race schedules . . . .
Over the weekend, I went to Cleveland to run the “A Christmas Story” House 5k. Yes, I know that running a race in Cleveland in December isn’t a very smart idea . . . but there’s a special reason why I had to do this race.
This is the last of the races that Prince Charming and I had planned to do together. We wanted to be part of the first annual race back in 2013, but registration was closed by the time we found out about it. In true Prince Charming style, he smiled at me with that twinkle in his eye and said “It’s okay, honey. We’ll do it next year.”
And “next year” was a mere 11 months after his death and three weeks before my first Christmas without him . . . and I couldn’t bring myself to do it. But I said quietly to myself “It’s okay. I’ll do it next year.”
On Friday afternoon, my bestie and I drove to Cleveland. We checked into our beautiful hotel, we had some excitement because George W. Bush was at an event at hotel we were staying in, and we had fun exploring the casino that is in the building that was the department store in the movie. We had dinner at the buffet at the casino and discovered that we really can’t eat as much as we used to!
Saturday morning all we had to do was get up, get dressed, and walk out the door of the hotel to the start line. There are advantages of staying at the host hotel!!
I swear I’ve never seen so many people in pink bunny suits in one place in all my life!!
It was a fun race. It wasn’t too cold. It was a bit cloudy but no rain during the race. And the finish line for the 5k was at the A Christmas Story House. I’m proud to say that I finished in a little over 43 minutes – somewhere near a personal best for me.
And yes it was a hard race for me emotionally. I remembered the trip that Prince Charming and I took to Cleveland for my 49th birthday. I remember visiting the A Christmas Story House . . . and I remembered his promise to run this race with me. Okay, he would have run and I would have walked and he would have to wait for me at the finish line.
I’m glad I kept the promise to do this race.
And I’m really excited that I’ve already signed up to do it again next year!!