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5K: I Came, I Jogged, and . . . .

Monday, July 11, 2011


. . . . How did I do?
Well, I'll tell you.
My stated goal was to "finish without injury."
It's been one of my 2011 goals to finish a 5K without walking at all.
In other words, not necessarily "running" -- but, at least "jogging."
Wikipedia says that jogging is "a form of trotting or running at a slow or leisurely pace. The main intention is to increase fitness with less stress on the body than from faster running." Another source says that jogging is running at less than 6mph.
And another source says that jogging is running at a "steady, gentle pace."
Okay, I definitely fit into that.
At the start, there were a bunch of people that sprinted out. Before long, some of them were walking.
I just kept jogging, slow and steady like that tortoise . . . and I passed a number of them.
I did not care at all what my time was, I just wanted to keep jogging for that 3.1 miles, and not have to stop and walk.
At a mile, I thought -- "Okay, this is going all right . . . come on, just keep plugging away."
At the 1.5 mile mark there was a water station.
I took some water, kept moving, and thought "Okay, I'm half done."
At two miles, I said -- "Hey, you can do this!"
Near the three-mile mark, when they were stopping traffic to let me cross -- I said, "Oh, let them run me over -- it might feel better!" emoticon
And when I hit that last tenth-of-a-mile, and saw the little crowd at the finish line, I tried to pick it up a little.
I DID IT, I DID IT!!! - - - Woo-Hoo!!! emoticon
Notice that I'm not posting my embarassingly SLOW time -- 'cause I didn't care what it was!!
But, now I can't wait for my next 5K -- where I'll have a goal to improve my time. Hmmm--by how much??
AND THE BONUS???
In the "Old-Lady-Geezer Division -- I finished in 1st Place and got a medal!!! Double Woo-Hoo!!!
I wore it around and Saturday and then said to my dear husband -- "So, what am I going to do with this medal? I can never wear it again!"
What do I care? I feel SO SO Good!!
Thank-you to all the motivation and encouragement that I've received from the SparkPeople community!!
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  • REVSERENA
    Woo Hoo!!!!!

    What do you mean you'll never wear it again? I think you ought to put it on every time you need to remember what an awesome runner you are!

    I just finished the first week of a couch to 5K program. My first race is at the end of September (God willing!) I share your goal of not getting injured and hopefully not walking. I hope I can do as well as you did!

    You rock!
    1964 days ago
  • GRACE2GRACE
    Congratulations and I think you should frame your metal and put it in some glaringly prominent place. REally thats a huge accomplishment and you should be proud and I'm sure anyone who asks about it will be super proud of you too.

    HeatherDAwn
    1967 days ago
  • LAURIE-RN
    Congratulations on your accomplishment! Good for you!!

    Laurie
    1971 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    That is so awesome! Way to go!! emoticon
    1973 days ago
  • YOURJONES
    Woo Hoo! Congratulations! What a terrific accomplishment! I recently did a 5K (tracked by my Garmin at home) and immediately afterwards, I was eager to start working on improving my time. Running is so fun!
    1973 days ago
  • IAFARMERWIFE
    emoticon Way to go! Congrats! emoticon
    1973 days ago
  • HOPEFULHIPPO
    LOL I posted my embarassing slow time (but I walked most of it) LOL

    You did fantastic! Get a Shadow box and start building a medal collection :o)

    fantastic!

    emoticon
    1973 days ago
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