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Monday, June 03, 2013

Mission accomplished 12.4 miles! I had a great time, the weather was perfect and the volunteers along the route were great. I had a couple of goals I wanted to achieve and I met them all! The first was to finish and finish with a smile. The second was to finish in under 3:00, done 2:41:28. Overall, it was a great experience and now I'm seriously thinking of the Des Moines Half in October.

About Mile 3
My friend Melissa
My friend Aaron and personal trainer, I think he was just as happy about me finishing as I was!

Here are a few stats:

8500 registered runners
7087 finished
3464 my place
149 out of 176 my class place
Net time 2:41:28
Clock time 2:53:31

Took me that long to get through the crowd! Happy Running Spark Friends!

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TRILLIUM22 6/4/2013 11:36AM

    You did great. It's nice that you had a series of goals and that the first one was to finish with a smile. That about half marathon distance is really a great length. Challenging and yet the training and the race are more contained in terms of time.

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SEABREEZE65 6/4/2013 6:06AM

    You look great! Good time too.


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STRIVER57 6/4/2013 4:58AM

    looks great! brava! wtg!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/3/2013 9:23PM

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/3/2013 4:29PM

    What a great race! I love the pics. You look wonderful.

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NATPLUMMER 6/3/2013 3:51PM

    YAY!!!! You did great!!!!

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Color Run

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Well, the Color Run was Saturday Oct. 6th and I have to say, it was so much fun! After hearing that there was going to be 26,700 runners between the two different races, I decided that this would be a walk for me with maybe some running. Well, I have to say, Des Moines did a GREAT job of organizing this run and the route was fabulous. That being said, since I was with my friend that was a non runner and well, actually a non-work-out kind of person (until this last week) I had decided to stick with her and do the race along side her. Since the course was on city streets there was plenty of room for runners and walkers. She was ok with me running and waiting for her so, that is what I did. I would run to a color station, wait for her, run through the color, wait for her and we did this the entire time and it was great. Had I wanted to I would have been able to run with no problem even though there were masses of people. Instead, I did it this way and I am so proud of my friend for doing this, I can only hope that she now continues to work out, get fit and healthy and maybe next year, we can run it together! We did it in about 45 minutes. That even included a stop at the water station so she could chat with a friend that was volunteering.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/8/2012 4:59PM

    You both look very happy!
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CRAFTINWIFE 10/8/2012 3:51PM

    emoticon I plan to do (the most local) one next year!

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MIRAGE727 10/8/2012 3:01PM

    I had friends from Omaha who drove up for that race. Too much fun! Thanks for sharing!

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TRILLIUM22 10/8/2012 2:48PM

    Sounds like great fun. Nothing like combining social stuff and your fitness stuff. I think it is really empowering to do something that is now easy and at one time wouldn't have been. If you know what I mean.

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NATPLUMMER 10/8/2012 11:17AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed it. You're just not as cranky as I am ;-)

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SEABREEZE65 10/8/2012 10:12AM

    Sounds like fun! Maybe you will "inspire" your friend to walk and walk and walk some more!

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LAURIE5658 10/7/2012 6:09PM

    I was at the Des Moines Color Run too and loved every minute of it!!!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/7/2012 5:59PM

    That's great - so glad you managed to run and play at the same time, and be there for your friend.

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My Friend the Treadmill

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Yep, you read that correctly, my friend the treadmill. After 2 months of not running due to a hamstring injury I have slowly started back to running. The key word here is SLOWLY. And for me, the only way I can do that is on the treadmill. When I began running about 1 1/2 years ago the only way I would do it was on the treadmill. Heaven forbid if I ran outside where "someone" might see me! *gasp* Then, once I figured out I really could do this, I took my first steps outside and fell in LOVE! Who cares if someone sees me, I'm in the great outdoors loving every minute of it. Treadmill, F-O-R-G-E-T it! blah. Then when I decided in May of this year, what the heck, I could train and run 10 miles for my birthday in November. What a great gift that would be to myself. So the training began with the run/walk method and it was working! I was getting stronger, could run farther and still love it. In October I hit the 8 mile mark and was on cloud nine I knew nothing could stop me from reaching my goal of 10 miles. Then BAM, my bad hamstring decided I was pushing it to hard to fast and I was out of the running business and in physical therapy. For 2 months no running and limited strength training with my legs. Ouch, that hurt me I think more mentally than it did physically! Then, once I got the ok to run again, the weather was cold, it was dark after work so that left the TREADMILL! What, how could I possibly get on that thing?!?!? Well, I did and you know what, it wasn't that bad at all. The main thing my friend is teaching me is to Go Slow! And you know what? That's ok! I'm back doing what I love and if it's going to be a slow road then so be it! This is a friend that tells me, hey, it's ok to slow me down, you are doing great. Nothing wrong with slow. And do you know what else? Hmmmm...........by my new friend slowing me down, I might just be able to go a little farther and a little longer and it will be pain free. So for me the days of the old Dreadmill are now the days of My Friend the Treadmill! One thing I have learned through this long process is that for me patients is the key, that is something new for me since I tend to just jump in and want it all right now! So, as I practice being patient my new friend and I are becoming besties! -Kim

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CDK210 12/22/2011 3:09PM

    ha! i know many people don't care for the treadmill, but i use it 80% of the time. if my options are to chicken out b/c it's cold outside or just jump on a treadmill, i'm glad to have the treadmill as an option!

great job! slow and steady wins the race :)

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I am 51 not 21

Friday, July 01, 2011

They are suppose to sit where, you are kidding right? Hey, even little boobies sag.
Thank you Victoria Secret... I am 51 not 21

Is that a roadmap on your legs or are those bruises? Nope, that is my strength...the legs that carry me wherever I go.
I am 51 not 21

Wrinkles on my knees, what the......I want my legs to look like the girl on the cover of a fitness magazine. Oh wait a sec...
I am 51 not 21

I hate my stomach, why does it have to stick out? "Sweetie, that is your woman. Look at that woman on TV, she has it too."
Thank you my dear husband...I am 51 not 21

Bat wings, ugh, I could go flying. "Sweetie, look at her, she has arm dangley too". Is that really a word? You make me giggle!
Thank you my dear husband...I am 51 not 21

Another wrinkle on my face, my eyes are droopy. What is that on my chin? Oh my goodness, it's a whisker! That is me in the mirror, not my mother.
Thank you beauty products, moisturizer, and tweezers...I am 51 not 21

Another trip to get the gray hair covered up. Hey this time let's get a "sassy" haircut.
Thank you Ana...I am 51 not 21

I just ran 4 miles on the trail in the sweltering heat. That guy smiled at me and said "good job, keep cool!"
Thank you stranger...I am 51 not 21

I can ride my bike for 50 miles at a time and still smile, let's go again!
Thank you my dear husband...I am 51 not 21

I can do 12 "real" push-ups.
I can leg press 235 pounds.
I can row 150 pounds.
I can do a Lateral Pull Down with 113 pounds.
I can Single Leg Leg Press 135 pounds.
I can do a Bench Back Squat with an 80 pound Bar Bell on my back.
I can Bar Bell Bench Press 75 pounds.
I can Bench Press 85 pounds.
I can do a Side Plank on a Bosu Ball.

You have me do things I never thought possible, you push me, believe in me, support me, laugh with me. You have made me proud to be me, I hope you are proud of me too!
Thank you Aaron...I am 51 not 21.

I can run a half-marathon...........Wait a sec, let's not get ahead of ourself here! Maybe some day.

I am 51 not 21! Kim

As I have aged I have become kinder to myself and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. -Author Unknown

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USMAWIFE 7/1/2011 11:16AM

    so true.. I am 56 and the one thing i am so grateful for is no winkles on the face.. they all went south to the girls and stomach

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LOSE4LIFE47 7/1/2011 11:03AM

    That is awesome & true!!

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