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First 5K: First Run, in Lowell

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Yesterday I completed my first 5k in 10 years. My goal was not lofty: 12 min splits and a finish in less than 40 min. And run the whole thing if I could (this was not as important to me as time).

My first semester of college I took a Logic class. I worked so hard on that class! I would get up at night to study it. Logic was fascinating to me--geometry with words--and I tried and tried to tease out the answers. I got a C in that class, but I've never worked so hard or been so proud to be "average". My 5k was like that. I ran my ass off to get those splits. I worked so hard, and the end result is the minimum that Spark calls "running". I put everything I had into that race and I'm proud of it. I'm also convinced that you, Spark, need to reconsider what's "running" and what isn't. Trust me, that was fast running.

I met my goals! That's pretty exciting. I've convinced my husband to run a 5k with me in May, and I will run that same race but the 10k version next Jan 1. If I can get YOU to run with me, I will. (You know who you are, SADIEBRAWL)

My weight is up right now by 6 pounds. I'm not too worried. I've been off the eating wagon since October, but I've stayed on the running one. I want to get through this winter with my running habits intact. I'll bring back the sane eating tomorrow. Once there's more daylight, I want to take on the 1 hour runner program. Then I'll be ready for Jan 1, 2012's 10k.

Hope to see you on the pavement,

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