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It's Official: My first sub-30 minute 5K!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

In the past few weeks, I've been able in training to get my 5K time under 30 minutes, but today was the big day -- my first official, chipped 5K race! And to add a little intrigue to this race, it was in Tucson, AZ, which is 1/2 mile above sea level (where I live on the east coast, we are AT sea level!).

In spite of the altitude challenge, I was able to officially post my first sub-30 minute 5K -- 29:39!!

I did have to do a few fast walks during the race to catch my breath, but overall it was a very successful race! Hopefully, I'll be back here next year and lowering that time!

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WINDSURFNERD 12/12/2012 10:25AM

    emoticon emoticon Well Done!!

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GYMRAT_AT44 12/12/2012 9:52AM

    AWESOME and FANTASTIC. I would so like to post that, but not getting too hung up on it anymore, especially with each birthday that keeps getting added on.

I think most of my problem is between my ears! Ha ha ha. Enough about me.

Congrats man. That is fantastic. I can feel the joy, happiness, pride and sheer enthusiasm of your accomplishment. Coolness.

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ONMYMEDS 12/12/2012 9:46AM

    Well done!!

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LALMEIDA 12/9/2012 8:03PM


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IUHRYTR 12/8/2012 10:26PM

    emoticon Patrick! emoticon! -- Lou

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GREENGENES 12/8/2012 10:02PM

    Awesome! Woo-Hoo!

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REENIE131 12/8/2012 9:41PM

    That's wonderful...CONGRATS!

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HANSBRINK 12/8/2012 9:37PM

  Congrats! You're inspirational.

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12/07/2012 in Arizona

Friday, December 07, 2012

Always a pleasure to be in Arizona -- warm temps, sunny skies, etc. Today is my dad's 81st birthday, and we have a few things planned:

- Lunch plans at a retirement community he is thinking he may move to . It is a very nice place, and I really think this is the right thing for him to do -- he misses being around people!

- Dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant in Tucson. Their specialty is a dish called Carne Seca. Besides just being amazingly good, the way it is created is quite interesting -- the beef is "cooked" on screens on the roof! Gives you some idea just how warm the sun is here in southern Arizona!

Tomorrow I run in my first out of town 5K race up at the University of Arizona. Will blog about that tomorrow.

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IUHRYTR 12/8/2012 2:26AM

    It is great that you and your dad will be able to spend time together. Dinner sounds delicious. I love Mexican food and hope your father loves the new community because loneliness is not fun. Best of success in your run emoticon. -- Lou

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GREENGENES 12/7/2012 11:38PM

    Happy birthday to your Dad! Enjoy AZ. We were out there last year at this time visiting my Mother and sister near PHX. I wish I could get out there more often.

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/7/2012 8:35PM

    Have a great run!

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HANSBRINK 12/7/2012 1:02PM

  My dad is in Tempe. We did something similar when he turned 80.

A tip: remember to hydrate constantly. AZ's air is very drying. I always wanted to get the t-shirt with a picture of the old man on the front. He's desiccated. The caption reads "but, its a dry heat".

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CHUBRUB3 12/7/2012 11:17AM

    Have fun and enjoy your run!

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Another BIG Goal Acheived...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Finally broke the 5K in under 30 minute barrier this morning -- 29:55!! Not much more to add, except to say I am one happy camper!!


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GETTO140 11/26/2012 7:45AM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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JGRAY55555 11/20/2012 6:54PM

    Great job!!!
In 2005 when I was at the bottom of my weight loss yo yo (235 lbs), I hit the 30 min mark too. Great feeling. Hoping to get that feeling back spring of 2013. I am probably closer to 45 min right now.

Comment edited on: 11/20/2012 6:56:24 PM

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ALIHIKES 11/18/2012 11:02AM

    WOO HOO! Great achievement emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 11/18/2012 10:49AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 11/17/2012 7:51PM

    emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/17/2012 2:50PM


Good job, PLMITCH. I'm still working on that time. Almost there...Another week or so and I will be in the 10 min. mile pace.

Keep up the good work!

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DAWN14163 11/17/2012 2:14PM

    A-maz-ing! Huge congratulations! That's an ultimate goal of mine too, but I think it will be a while yet (still stuck around 33mins....)
emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 11/17/2012 2:03PM

    Congrats and give yourself a pat on the back! You deserve it.

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A good week...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Last day on my business trip in RTP, NC. I am very proud of how I kept an eye on the calories and what I ate, kept up with my exercise routine (albeit at a MUCH earlier time of the day!), and overall feel great! I will sleep well tonight I think -- back in my own bed, with my DW next to me, puppies on their beds, and NOOOOOOOOOO alarm tomorrow morning! I have pretty much been getting up at 4:30AM to 5:00AM each day, and that is CLEARLY out of routine, hence the reason I think I'll be sleeping well tonight!


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HEALTHIERKEN 11/16/2012 12:44PM

    Good on ya, Patrick! Savour the comfort of being back to the familiar : )

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BRENDAGAIL9 11/16/2012 11:01AM

    It's hard to be away from home and your comfort zone but you have found out you can do it and still stay on track.

Good job!

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GREENGENES 11/16/2012 7:36AM

    Woo Hoo! Well done!

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AZMOMXTWO 11/16/2012 6:59AM

  enjoy the time at home and the rest

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Midweek Report (on the road)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

So far so good on my business trip this week. At midweek, but still following my plan:

- Up at 5:00AM each day, in the workout room by 6:00AM. Had to deviate from my normal workout routine a little yesterday, as both treadmills were busy, so opted for the Precor EFX Elliptical. Did get in strength training Monday and Wednesday (today).

- Making sure to get up and stretch / walk during my meetings

- Tracking calories. Within goal each day so far, with the only issue being not enough fiber.

Friday is going to be a little more challenging. I have a 7AM meeting which I'll need to at my company site for. Thankfully, the hotel is only 5 minutes away, so one of the managers at the hotel is going to bring me over, but will need to be up even earlier (4AM) so I can get my workout in, get packed, get a quick, healthy breakfast, and be on-site in time for the meeting.

My hunch is that this will be the first of several business trips over the next 12 months, so this has been a good week to establish routines. The scale will tell the take next week as to just how successful I have been, but at least I feel like I've stayed on course.

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GOLFCHICK2-0 11/15/2012 1:54PM

    Keep up the good work. Have you thought about packing some resistance bands? They'd take up next to no room in your luggage and are a great substitute in hotels that are lacking strengthening equipment!!

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CATHOLICCORGI 11/15/2012 8:17AM

    emoticon Patrick! Don't know if you are getting the rain today, as we are in Charlotte, but hope you are enjoying your work trip to North Carolina!
You're SPARKing the trip... that's emoticon

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GREENGENES 11/14/2012 11:31PM

    Well done! Keep it up!

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CHUBRUB3 11/14/2012 11:03AM

    Proud of you! Inspirational!

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