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5K with pics and some thoughts

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A few months ago I knew that running was the answer to my weight loss goals. I needed something that was time efficient, high calorie burning, and something I could do with my kids. I had tried running many, many times in the past and just couldn't get into it. Since I wasn't immediately good at it, I gave up. I needed to change. Spark blogs gave the inspiration to do that. I read about people walking their first 5K, the Couch to 5K program, time and speed improvements, marathon runners and more. All those blogs gave me the courage to search for a race in my area.

I found the Father's Day 5K and emailed my 3 siblings and their partners about it. A gift for my marathon running Dad. Everyone was on board. A little background: my brothers are both very athletic and play together in an adult basketball league. My sister is a yoga nut and has done 5Ks with my dad before. My brothers both married uber athletes: a marathon runner and a yoga instructor that ran cross country in college. Let's just say that I am not the fittest of the bunch.

I was in show choir in high school (before Glee made it cool), I drank a lot in college, I am much much curvier than my sister and mom. I have always felt a little out of place with my family when it came to sports. The race gave me some serious motivation. We are a very competitive group!


I really wanted to beat my older brother. So I started training. My husband was a huge help, an incredible coach. When I was with my family we'd all make jokes about the race. I knew my older brother was laughing at me in an olderbrother -lovingly-competitive-jerky kind of way. Meanwhile, I was falling in love with running, becoming a total addict in a short time. Always in the back of my mind was beating my brother. He had always won at everything. Always.


Last night I talked to my sister and she said, "Don't let beating H ruin this for you. You're a runner. You organized this for all of us and Dad is ridiculously happy. Don't let sibling rivalry overpower that." I knew she was right. I went to sleep feeling great. I was about to run a 5K in a real race. I'd have a number bib thingie and everything. That's what mattered.

This morning the weather was perfect. Everyone was on time and in great moods. My mom told me that my dad could hardly sleep. He was that excited. I felt good. I felt better as the run started. You sparkers are right: the energy of a race is uplifting. We all started together and slowly broke apart. I ran with my dad for a bit and it makes my heart happy to know how proud he must have felt. I ran with my older brother and we bonded over LeBron's pathetic exit after Game 6. Then I took off. My husband promised to stay with me. And he did. I am a lucky lucky girl. We ran the last 1.5 mile together. Like I said before, he's an incredible coach.

Wait for it...

Wait for it...


We won. 26:33!!!!!! Not bad for a first 5K.

My brother came in 2 minutes behind, high fived me and didn't say a word. He didn't need to.

(His wife and my husband were both pushing a double jogger, which makes running pretty difficult! and affects their times.)

The point is: I ran a 5K. I had FUN running a 5K. If you're reading this and have any feelings about wanting to become a runner: DO IT!!! Sign up for a 5K and see where it takes you.

And the other point is: I won.
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LEAHFELICITY 6/20/2011 12:52PM

    Heck yes you won!!! Awesome story. :)

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KELCEE75 6/20/2011 11:27AM

    Awesome!!! Great time for the first 5k!! WTG!! :)

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SRITHI97 6/20/2011 4:28AM

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YOU DID IT, I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU MAURA. YOU ARE GREAT INSPIRATION, MAYBE I WILL TAKE UP RUNNING AFTER I RETURN HOME. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK BUDDY! AND YOU LOOK GREAT AND FIT TOO!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/20/2011 2:15AM

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LEASIM1231 6/20/2011 1:57AM

    What a great post! It is awseome that you won and even more awesome that you beat your brother!!!!

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RASMUSSEN5 6/20/2011 12:08AM

    Congrats! I just completed my first 5k 3 weeks ago and completely understand the energy and how overwhelming it can be at times. What a great idea for Father's day!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 6/19/2011 11:40PM

    I'm so happy for you! That's an incredible time. And what a great memory you all have as a family now. LOVE IT!

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NAILAH09 6/19/2011 10:06PM

    Congratulations on your first 5K and your awesome time.

Most of all, you should feel proud for setting a goal, training for it and feeling amazing when you accomplished it!

I'm counting down to my first 5K at the end of July and your blog has made me even more motivated (now if only I could get my brother to register so I can school him).

Way to go!
N.

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BEACHGRLFL12 6/19/2011 9:37PM

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Way to go! What a fantastic time too. You rocked it out! You are such an inspiration. It's such an emotional rush when you cross the finish line and it gets better each time.


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ELIZ181 6/19/2011 9:15PM

    That is a great time for your first 5K. Congrats also for beating your bother.

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REDEFINING_ME 6/19/2011 8:52PM

    emoticon What an amazing experience! Congratulations!

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/19/2011 8:36PM

    And ya beat your brother!! Life is good!! Very proud of ya!!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 6/19/2011 7:18PM

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I love that you beat your brother! What a great story! Congrat an a totally amazing time and a great gift for your father!

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MICHSTATE 6/19/2011 5:05PM

    Holy smokes!!!!! Not only is that "not bad" for a first 5K, but it is beyond fantastic!!!!!! My first 5K was around 30 minutes, and my fastest so far is 27. That is a great time!!!!! I wish that my family was active like that, it sounds like a ton of fun!!!:-)

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JOYCERN12 6/19/2011 4:29PM

    emoticon Sounds like an awesome tribute to your Dad. Liked your pics.Joyce

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REDRUNNERMOM713 6/19/2011 4:04PM

    How exciting!!! So happy and proud of you! That is really awesome that your whole family ran with your dad...and on Father's Day! What a great memory. I really want to run in a 5K, but have no one to run it with me and I'm definitely not the type to go by myself...at least for my first one. Hopefully I'll get to do one someday. So glad your race when so well! emoticon

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