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5K 2nd Place Age Group Finish

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I ran my second 5K this morning, and had a blast. Not only did I come in 2nd in my age category, I shaved 5 minutes off my previous time.

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While waiting for the race to begin, my husband and I ran into a couple that we had been good friends with. We had lost touch with them about 15 years ago. DeeDee, the wife, was running with her two kids. The daughter finished second overall in the 5K women's event... ahhh, to be 16 years old again!

At first I tried to keep up with DeeDee. It didn't take me long to realize that I couldn't. You ladies out there know how competitive we can be with each other. Even though she weighs more than I do, she runs 1/2 marathons. She's in much better running shape than I am. When she flew out in front of me, I felt a little bummed. But, I realized that the only person who I'm really running against is MYSELF.

I ran my race and I finished... with a ribbon as a reward.

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P.S. - After the 2 mile marker, I got a cramp in my side. Anyone else experience this? Have a solution or suggestion?

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