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    GERMANIRISHGIRL   160,132
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my first SP 5K yesterday

Sunday, April 17, 2011

When I first started SP in Jan. all I did was walk. Then I started the 5K your way training. I signed up for the virtual 5K walk/run spark into spring race. I had a week in which to complete the race. Naturally, I waited till the last day to do it. It was raining and windy and cold. That's what I get for procrastinating.

A couple of years ago I walked a 5K for a charity thing. It was more of a social event. We walked and talked the entire time. I don't even remember my finishing time. Nor did I care. That's all changed now...for the better. Thank you SP.

When it is nice out, I have been taking a walk/run from my house to the closest state route and back, which is 4 miles. 5K if I just go to the group of trees past the cow barn. I had never timed myself before yesterday. The route is a challenge for someone just starting out. There are a lot of up and down hills. I actually prefer to do the route in the early morning before the sun comes up so I can't see the hills.

My time was 44:29...not bad considering it was raining , cold, and windy. And I was mad at myself for putting it off till the last day. I kept saying to myself "just keep swimming, just keep swimming". I felt like I was swimming upstream!

It will get easier. This I know for sure.
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WALLAHALLA 4/17/2011 8:56PM

    Cool. There is a lot to be said for "just walking". We never refer to a toddler that way. It is JUST the beginning of bigger and better things. The start is exciting, and the rewards never ending.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/17/2011 6:21PM

    WTG! Very impressive!!

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TUESDAYBEAR 4/17/2011 12:35PM

    Way to go! I thnk your time is fantastic for a first race, especially in the wind. Wind is so brutal! I think I'm going to go for it, too, although on my treadmill. I'm not allowed to run on pavement anymore since my knee problems. Thanks for motivating me!
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THETURTLEBEAR 4/17/2011 11:02AM

    That is awesome! And since you did it in the miserable weather, you should get a double trophy!!

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MOSTMOM1 4/17/2011 8:58AM

    This is pretty cool. I saw that you got an award for it yesterday and I wondered what it was. So I poked around on SP til I found it. Now I want to sign up for a race too. I'm not allowed to run on anything but an elliptical, cause of a pesky injury, but I can sure as heck walk. Thanks for posting this; it encourages me to get out there and try it too!
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