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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.


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.


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


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PUOKGIRL 10/3/2011 11:20PM

    Congratulations! Getting a ribbon is awesome!!! And shaving 5 minutes off your time is great too!

When I get side stitches I grab just below the spot with the stitch, and then squeeze and push up (at the same time). That helps support your diaphragm. While doing that I make sure to take deep breaths and blow out hard when you step down with the opposite foot. So, if the stitch is on your right side, blow out when your left foot hits the ground.

I notice that it happens more often when I'm a little dehydrated too, so watch your water intake!

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DRUIDMAMA 8/23/2011 12:10PM

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BFMONICA 8/22/2011 4:02PM

    Wow, that is an achievement to be proud of! Congratulations and keep up the great work! emoticon

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GRANDMACOO 8/21/2011 8:12AM


I just read a couple of days ago about getting a "stitch" in your side. The article recommended taking deep breaths (belly breaths). It said the reason we get cramps like that when running is because we don't breathe properly. Learning to breathe from our bellies is an art, one that needs to be practiced regularly so we are breathing that way from running. Wish I could tell you where I read that, but just don't know.

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CANNIE50 8/21/2011 1:16AM

    Good for you! Sometimes, for a cramp in your side, if you put the arm on the affected side up, over your head, and do a gentle stretch, it seems to help. Are you eating enough potassium? Bananas and sweet potatoes are perfect foods for runners. PS Good for you for remembering to run your own race.

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WALKZWDOGZ 8/21/2011 12:47AM

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Wow! Good job!

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PURPOSEPOWER95 8/21/2011 12:12AM

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EUPHRATES 8/20/2011 10:09PM

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TREBLIG71 8/20/2011 10:07PM

    Great job! emoticon

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MOTIVATED@LAST 8/20/2011 7:58PM

    Well done!!

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NELLYCFIT 8/20/2011 7:52PM

  Good for you! Congratulations!

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