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I RAN THE WHOLE THING!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

32:28 is my official chip time for my first 5K race! WOOHOO!!!! emoticon

I was a total bundle of nerves--my husband will second that! I really thought I was going to throw up about an hour before the race, but I didn't.

We got lined up at 6:15 and started to get in the zone. It was chip timed so I didn't have to worry about pushing to the front of the pack. Before I knew it, we were off! I was so scared since I've been sick all week and haven't ran since last Saturday. I still was plenty congested and wasn't able to breathe through my nose, so that made my mouth uncomfortably dry for the whole thing. I didn't focus on that, though...I just tried to listen to the music and remember that I've run FARTHER than this! I was less than thrilled when we turned the first corner about a quarter of a mile in and saw a HUGE HILL. I just kept putting one foot in front of the other. All of a sudden I was PASSING people. I couldn't believe how many people didn't even try to run the hill; they stopped and walked.

I heard another runner near me say "We're a mile in" and that was the first time I looked at my Garmin watch--it confirmed what he said. That first mile FLEW. The course was all around a college campus and really was some nice scenery.

My dad was able to make it to the finish line, but MISSED ME SOMEHOW! I was bummed and so was he that we didn't get that finish line photo. It was really cool though that we finished on the football field. TONS of people were on either side cheering all the runners on! I definitely kept a 10 minute mile pace and can't believe it! It was just an awesome all around experience. I really was hoping to finish under 35 minutes, but didn't know what to expect. When I get back home I'll post some of the post-race photos of my husband and I...he was a ROCK STAR finishing in 26 minutes!

THANK YOU SPARK FRIENDS FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!!!!

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ELLEMTEE 4/20/2010 12:09AM

    Wonderful story!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience!! I am really excited for you and all you've done to reach this goal! When is the next one? Everyone always asks me that...

Congrats again!!

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OBXFIREGUY 4/18/2010 11:49AM

    Awesome! You did great. Now start training for the next one!

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CELLCHIC 4/18/2010 10:43AM

    Great job! what an achievement. Did you ever imagine you'd do this a year ago?

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NUOVAELLE 4/18/2010 3:03AM

    I was sure you could do it. CONGRATULATIONS!
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FOOFIT1 4/17/2010 11:07PM

    CONGRATS!!!! That's extremely exciting. What's next? 100 miles?? Hahaha!

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IWILLTRANSFORM 4/17/2010 4:46PM

    So proud of you. You did it. You completed you first 5K. What a great feeling.

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ROWDYRILEY 4/17/2010 4:34PM

    YOU ARE FRIGGIN' emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 4/17/2010 3:18PM

    Good job!

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ELISEL 4/17/2010 12:34PM

    Whoo hoo!!! Way to go!!

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BUSYLITTLEHANDS 4/17/2010 12:05PM

    I'm so happy for you! YOU DID IT!!! What a rush that must have been to see the finish line and feel that sense of accomplishment. Okay, this might sound goofy but, I'm PROUD of YOU! You didn't let the sickness or your nerves stand in your way. You overcame it, pushed forward and focused through to a successful finish...WAY TO GO!

Smiles, ladybug!
Gwen

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ROOT4HOME 4/17/2010 11:49AM

    emoticon on your great race & time - sick, no less!!! emoticon Can't wait to see the pics!! emoticon

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DANCENTHERAIN 4/17/2010 11:09AM

    emoticon Way to go!

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P0KERS0PH 4/17/2010 10:10AM

    Way to go!! Excellent time you ran! :D

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DITZYCHICK 4/17/2010 10:05AM

    Your blog is motivating and inspiring! Congratulations!

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SMURFETTE18 4/17/2010 10:03AM

    Congrats!! Awesome time!!

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SCHNOOKIEPIE 4/17/2010 9:51AM

    Good time! Way to go!

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HIGHDESERTDONNA 4/17/2010 9:45AM

    Woo Hoooooo, Jess! I bet you are hooked now!
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SUZIEQS65 4/17/2010 9:40AM

    Way to go!

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FREEDOM1961 4/17/2010 9:28AM

  Good job!

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