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Sometimes it pays to be an older runner!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Today I went and did a 5k run (I did a lot of it walking) to get back into timed events as I start over on my running after my problems with my hip. It still hurts at night a lot, and sometimes down my leg but after about half an hour of walking gets loosened up and then doesn't hurt except when I trigger it again by sitting on certain types of chairs or something similar. Last night had to be one of those nights when it bothered me a lot. I slept for about an hour and a half from about 9 to 10:30 last night, then was awake until about 12:30 am. My alarm was set for 4 so I could be on the road by 5 for the 2 hours drive to the event. I woke up about 3:15. Started to go back to sleep but wasn't falling asleep immediately, although I wasn't in pain then. So I figured the about the time I fell asleep the alarm would go up so I got up and got on SP for a while this morning. I left my house about 4:45 and stopped at the convenience store for some coffee/cappucino mix for the road. SOmetimes when driving my hip gets irritated and sometimes it does't so I was very careful to arrange a pillow to sit on very carefully. It went pretty well this time. I got to the event site about 7 am for the race to start at 8, picked up my packet, walked the 5 or 6 blocks back to where my car was parked to put the t-shirt in the car since I didn't want to put it on then and didn't want to carry it. Walked the 6 blocks or so back to the packet area to watch for my friend Colleen (STRINGI719) and do a lot more walking up and down the block numerous times and lots and lots of stretching to make sure my hip was ready. Couldn't find Colleen, and then it was time to walk the few blocks to the where the start line was. Up there walked around more while waiting and did more stretching. Then just when it was almost ready to start I found Colleen. She said she couldn't run much and had tried and could usually only do 30 to 60 seconds but wanted to do this for fun too. She's training to walk the 60 mile Breat Cancer walk in Phoenix in November so she's been doing lots of walking. The route was about 2 and 3/4 times around a loop. The finish line was back by the race packet pickup area. There were some uphills and down hills, although not really big hills. We started out walking because it went uphill first, then jogged downhill in places. She was amazed at how much more running she could actually do than she thought she could. She ran a little fast er than me and kind of slowed her pace but I walked faster than her during the walk times she said. We kind of pushed each other. Then after the 2nd time we were circling around the finish line I told her to take off and leave me because she still had some running in her and I didn't at that point. I was sooo happy for Colleen as she found she could do more than she thought she could. She was at the finish line cheering me on. We both said we'd be happy to fnish in 45 minutes. My time was 43 minutes and 32 seconds so I was really happy. While I'm doing the running or walking my hip doesn't bother me at all once it gets loosened up, but it's my lung endurance and muscle endurance that needs to be back up again. Colleen wasn't sure of her time but thought it was 41 something so she beat her goal of 45 minutes very well too!

It was hot though for running, at least for me and after a couple of cups if water I filled a 3rd one and found some shade by a building right by the packet pick up area. That's also where they were giving the awars. I'm not sure how many runners there were but it was a small event. Myg uess would be about 100 or so. Maybe a little more. I'm not good at guessing crowd numbers.

I stuck around for the awards, although I was actually last though the finish line (not the first time) but still very happy with myself after the events of this summer and the 3 or 4 weeks when I could hardly walk across my bedroom without severe pain. Then about 3 weeks ago I was able to start walking again a little and build up to 3 and a 1/2 to 4 miles early in the morning for walking. People on the sidelines may not understand how important that event was to me, even if I was last (although not far behind the second to last). Lo and behold when the awards were done it turned out there were only 2 females in the 55-59 age group so I got a 2nd place trophy!!! The first trophy I've evern won for anything in my life much less something athletic. Seems that as we get older we don't always have as much competition and so it pays to be an older runner sometimes!

Here's me with my very red hair now (redder than I really wanted!) and my trophy and t-shirt. I had my daughter take the pic after I got home. (just before I went to take a nap)

I also got the chance to meet another sparker, ANGIERUNNER, who lives in Las Cruces where the event was held. She was still recovering from a half marathon she ran last weekend but managed to walk away with a trophy in her age group, which was a lot younger than mine. Way to go Angie!!!! Great to meet you!

I started this weight loss journey last July, and the fitness last August, and had some success. I didn't find sparkpeople until November. For a few months I was using another paid site which was nowhere near as comprehensive and supportive as this one. I don't think I would have stuck to the life changes as long as I have, and would very likely have gone back to my old ways, as all the times before, if not for my wonderful friends, my teams, and the great tools on SP. I am so grateful to SPARKGUY for all he did to start this site, and for the coaches and staff as well as each and every one of you! SP has made such a huge difference in my life, and continues to every day.

So what dreams and things you would never have thought possible are you chasing as your life changes? Go out and try something you've always wanted to do!

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  • STIPER23
    Well hi! I read your whole blog and didn't realize until the end that you are in NM, too! I am planning on my first 5k in November. I think I will do the Doggie Dash and Dawdle in Albuquerque to benefit Animal Humane of NM.

    Thanks for sharing your story!
    2576 days ago
    Thanks Linda! You did great too! I like your picture with your trophy! I can't believe you had to get up that early for the race! I guess Silvercity is pretty far though! emoticon You definitely are an athlete! I think the next 5k in Las Cruces is the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day..... Happy walking and I hope your hip feels better! emoticon
    2580 days ago
  • GIG2828
    Way to go!!! That's amazing!!
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    Elphant Man Triathlon was brutal. The wind was blowing hard, 2ft. waves on the swim and I battled a nasty head wind for 16 miles. I should have gone and done the walk and watched you kick booty!
    2580 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear your hip is doing so much better! And emoticon on finishing that race!
    2580 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    I know they meant to give you a trophy for finishing 2nd in your age group, but they also unknowingly gave it to you for having the gumption to work through your recovery so that you could race again. Good for you!
    2581 days ago
    You did a great job. It is so much fun to meet fellow sparkers and do events together even if we have to regroup at the end because our speeds are different. Before spark I wouldn't have even considered exercising,walking let alone do a 5K I have now done 2 and plan for a 3rd one in October. In the back of my mind I would like to do a 1/2 marathon but at this point I have only been walking so we shall see.

    Anyway you did a great job I am so proud of you for exceeding your goal time.

    I have been fighting the same type of pain as you and different chairs and the way I sit seem to make a big difference.
    2581 days ago
    Great job! You're always so inspiring to me & others. Keep up the good work. Keep on chasing your dreams my friend. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2581 days ago
  • XENA1956
    So happy for you on doing this race and finishing too. A 2nd place trophy is great. I really amired you for doing races. I haven't got the nerve up yet, but someday I will do a walk/jog I am sure of it. emoticon emoticon
    2581 days ago
  • STRINGI719
    Thanks for the shout out, Linda, and thanks for pushing me to go faster during the walking! So nice to get to chat with you a little & CONGRATS on the trophy - I guess I should have stayed for the awards! emoticon
    2581 days ago
  • DRB13_1
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    I'm smiling from ear to ear, celebrating with you - a surprise trophy is the cherry on top! You'll always remember this day, and you deserve all the credit for doing what few people could, especially working through your hip issues. Stronger and stronger every day!
    2581 days ago
    What a cool trophy! I'm so proud of you! I can barely run a mile let alone a 5k! One of my mom's friend's who's 59 does marathons and jeez! I don't know how you gals do it! You seriously inspire me!
    2582 days ago
    Good for you. I am an older runner @56 can't wait to be 57! I want a trophy too! I admire your determination--I have no health problems and know how hard it is for us older folks to run. emoticon emoticon
    2582 days ago
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