I did it!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

That was amazing! My first ever 5K race and I killed it. I started near the front of the pack, quickly passing others, leaving my husband in my dust (or spray, since it was wet out).
It was like all the stars had aligned just for me. My power songs just kept coming one after another on my iPod. I couldn't stop smiling as I continued to pass other racers. Then Rob Thomas's "How Far We've Come" came on and I think a little tear came to my eye. When I joined SparkPeople January 1st I would have never imagined I could be walking in a 5K race and there I was RUNNING. Thank you SparkPeople and ALL my Sparked friends for your support and help. Look how far I've come!
As I rounded the last corner and the finish line came into view I saw the clock, I thought I was hallucinating! I crossed the finish line at 26:17!!! I've taken the liberty of doing the math for you, that's an 8 minute 44 second mile. I was just hoping to squeak in under the 30 minute mark, talk about achieving a goal.
For those of you who read my other blogs and are curious as to where my husband came in, 30:51. Once again I'll do the math for you, I finished 4 minutes and 34 seconds ahead of him. WooHoo!!! I wanted to beat him and thought I would but not by nearly 5 minutes. I had almost recovered by the time he came in.
With the exception of the birth of my two boys, I don't think I've ever been more proud of myself. I didn't think I could do it with the hip pain and shin splints, but on that course I felt no pain. This might sound a little childish, but my favorite part was passing the men! I kept thinking, "Haha, you just got passed by a girl!" I got a little smile every time!
So here I go into the race season excited to see what I can achieve.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon THAT IS JUST AWESOME BOUNCER!!!! What a neat bd present to give yourself!!! HONK! HONK! HONK!!
    3277 days ago
    Wow Bouncer. You must be on top of the world. Be proud of yourself, we're all so proud of you.
    3277 days ago
    That is absolutely amazing...I am so proud of you! Hopefully someday I'll be able to join you out on those courses!!!

    3278 days ago
    Congratulations, you should be really thrilled. We are all proud of you!
    3278 days ago
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    CONGRATULATIONS, Bouncer!!! Great job! (As childish as it may be or may not be ... I would be thinking the same thing about passing the guys. LOL!)

    And by the way ... I totally needed this post today. I just got in from Day 7 of my "5K in 5 weeks" ... running 2.0 miles was today's task. I was feeling a little crappy about my time. But you've inspired me to plug on. :-) I still have four weeks, after all, right?

    I'm so happy for you! GREAT JOB!

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    3278 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2009 1:54:35 PM
    Congratulations Bouncer! I actually got choked up reading this blog because I could sense the well deserved pride that you felt.. I'm so happy for you. You've inspired me to want to do the same thing. emoticon
    3278 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2009 1:32:38 PM
    Congratulations, Bouncer...well done, and keep up the fantastic progress! I'm honored to be trailing you in fitness minutes! :)

    3278 days ago
    That is AWESOME! You should be so proud of yourself. What a weekend you are having!
    3278 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2009 12:16:49 PM
    Wow - that is amazing! You should be so proud of yourself. You have done so well since you started here and are a fantastic influence on those of us (ME) who are struggling.
    3278 days ago
    Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment. The dedication that it took to get to that point, and then to actually carry through and go do it! You are amazing. Keep up the great work!

    3278 days ago
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