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MY 5k Race Time

Saturday, July 02, 2011

emoticon I am surprised at my emotions when I finished the Firecracker 5k. I finished with my best time so far, 31'37"; yet I actually experienced disappointment as I crossed that finish line.

I have a goal to do a sub 30 5k and although I just completed a 5k with a personal best for me, I was bummed that it was over 30 minutes. Oh, don't get me wrong, that disappointment lasted only a couple of minutes then it turned to:

I just shaved 17 seconds off my previous best time !!!

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SPOKENWORD 7/11/2011 9:09AM

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LIV2RIDE 7/2/2011 4:50PM

    It's funny how we set in our mind what we want but out body give us what it can. You did a great job! emoticon

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MELOSPARKLE 7/2/2011 4:15PM

    Congratulations!!!! That's a GREAT time!!!

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Don't think of me as a wuss, but...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

My granddaughter (age 9) loves to accompany me when I go for my runs on her bicycle. However, yesterday it was hot (we have had a cool summer so far) and the roads were just graded and had lots of sand and rocks. It was hard for her to pedal because her bike kept getting stuck in the sand and she had to get off her bike and walk it past the sandy areas and the rocks were making it difficult to keep her balance. About the third patch of sand she says, "Don't think of me as a wuss, but it is hot out and why are there so many rocks on the road?

Don't think of me as a wuss... what was going on in her mind that she would say that? It made me think of how many times I thought the same thing while training in the couch to 5k program when I just started running. Sure, I needed a walk break before the time was up, but don't think of me as a wuss because at least I am out there running and walking, getting stronger each week, losing weight, getting fit.

This blog is for all of you Sparkers that are on your way to acheiving your goals - you are not a wuss - you are strong! Sure there may be obstacles that seem to be in your way, but you can overcome them. And most of all, it is not really what other people think that matters, it is what you think of yourself. Stay positive. Focus on your goals. And, most importantly, don't think of yourself as a wuss.

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LIV2RIDE 6/30/2011 2:54PM

    Great blog! I know I'm hardest on myself and tend to push to hard and too far. Sometimes you need to know when to cut yourself some slack and just do the best you can. You best is always good enough!

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52114ME 6/30/2011 11:18AM

    It is difficult not to call ourselves a wuss when we can't complete a task we find challenging.

I do agree with you though in changing our thoughts.
I am not a wuss. I am off my rear end DOING it!

Each time we attempt the task we are getting stronger!

Just keep getting out there is my current mantra.
Thanks for the pep talk. :-)

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My 5k race results

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My time for the race was 1 second more than my prerun trial, (31'34") but it was still better than last years. When I crossed the finished line, the first thing my daughter said to me was "You should have see the two oldtimers who crossed the finish line way before you." Turns out that some 70 and 80 year olds beat my time. Awesome!! I hope I am still able to cross a finish line when I get to be that age.

Yesterday was such a beautiful day, by that I mean the sun was shining. So I decided to do another run. I started out with the idea of only doing about 3 miles, but it was so nice and I was doing so well running that I went the 10k distance. Best thing about that is I shaved about 7 minutes off my time from the one I did earlier in the week. emoticon

11 more miles til I reach the purple level in Nike+. emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 6/26/2011 5:28PM

    Good for you! I too hope that when I'm 70 I'm kicking A$$!

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MNNICE 6/26/2011 9:43AM

    Way to go! A good day of running!

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MAMADELIGHT 6/26/2011 9:19AM

    31'34 is still a great time.
I don't mind the older people crossing the finish line before me -they have had years of training behind them. My goal is always to beat the ten year olds. Ha!

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Not quite accomplished, but almost

Friday, June 24, 2011

It has been a while since I blogged. Things seems to be slowing down a bit now. My premie grandson is now home and doing well. He is on a three hour feeding schedule so I am taking turns with my daughter. I get the day shift!

My running is going - just going. I have a goal to do a sub30 5k but in my practice runs, it just ain't happening. I am trying not to be discouraged about it because I am runner better now than I did a year ago. By better, I mean I can run a longer distance before I feel I need a walk break. I am also feeling like I am a runner - for real.

The best runs I have are when I am going down the road and before I know it I am at least a half mile from where I started. Or when my thoughts are something on the order of "Hey! I am running and it feels so good." I have good runs and bad runs, but at least they are runs.

I have a goal to reach the Nike+ purple level by the end of the mouth - 24 more miles to go. I am so close!!

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LIV2RIDE 6/24/2011 4:39PM

    I think you HAVE accomplished much more than I could. I tried running and just didn't like it. You are doing great! Getting out there and doing it is the first step. I'm sure your times will improve as you get more practice. Keep up the great work!

How did you get so lucky to get the day feeding shift??!! That's awesome. I hope you are enjoying your time with him.

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MNCYCLIST 6/24/2011 3:01PM

    Hang in there, you'll make it!

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MNNICE 6/24/2011 12:46PM

    Just a slight delay in schedule -- you WILL be able to do that 5K!

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STINASTEW 6/24/2011 11:53AM

    Your title state, "Not quite accomplished.." so I was expecting someone blogging about how they are getting a goal or something, but it sounds like you HAVE accomplished! You've accomplished becoming a runner, which you couldn't do last year. Congrats! :) Keep up the great work!

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Goals or what I learned from my granddaughter

Monday, June 20, 2011

I ran a 10k yesterday, I wanted to check my time, but I had my granddaughter with me and got a wee bit distracted at times. 78:01, but several of those minutes were waiting for traffic so we could cross the road.

It was fun - she met her personal goal of being able to ride her bike up those 2 hills on our route. She is nine years old. That was awesome. When she accomplished it she said, "Now, what's my next goal?"

A lesson for me there, once I accomplish one goal, it is time to make another and keep on movin' forward.

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LIV2RIDE 6/20/2011 9:57PM

    That's awesome! It's cool that you bring her with you. She's learning a great deal by watching you and learning a healthy lifestyle.

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DR1939 6/20/2011 11:24AM

    From the mouth of babes!

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