Oh. My. Gosh.
It hurt like heck. I won't lie. We barely started, and I was ready to be done. Lori and Gail, however, had other ideas. My goal was to finish, and to do it in under an hour fifteen minutes. Once we started and my calves were reminded of what I've been doing the last week, I just wanted to finish. And... my time was one hour seven minutes.
At one point Gail asked if she and Lori were motivating me or annoying me, to which I replied, "Annoying me." But honestly, if it weren't for Lori and Gail, I wouldn't have finished. I'd have given up before even a mile was done. This isn't ingrained in me yet. I've still got a long way to go. I walked most 5K, and even that hurt.
Lori told me no matter what, I had to finish running. She said that when we get to the corner where Patrick was taking pictures I had to start running. It was really awesome to get to that corner and see Mike there cheering me on. Then, just a little bit farther was Kristi and some other folks from our group. And then, everyone that had already run and had finished well before us cheered us on to the finish line.
I'm so thankful for Lori and Gail for not letting me quit. This could be the hardest thing I've ever done, and I hurt. But I did it. And, I'll do it again. At least one more time as I have a 5K in August. I want to get to the place where I can actually run a 5K, it not hurt me, and I actually enjoy running. I'm determined to get there.