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OMG, I ran a 5k!

Friday, September 16, 2011

The thought that I'd ever think about running a 5k, or train for a 5k, much less actually run a 5k was unimaginable to me. MOM2PIPER had been doing it and invited me to do one but I didn't. I saw TERESA159 running and KRISTI2661 running and other Sparkies who weighed more than me. Could I do this? Was it possible?

Well thanks to SP and its great training programs, I ran my 1st 5k today! I started the 5k Your Way Rookie Running Program on July 16th to coincide with starting the Summer 5% Challenge. The program was 8 weeks long (it took me almost 9 weeks) but it works! The 1st week entailed walking for 4 minutes and then running for 1 minute for 20 minutes. Each week the intervals changed with the walking getting shorter and the running longer culminating in Week 8 where I walked for 1 minute and ran for 4 minutes for 40 minutes.

In spite of successfully completing each week, I was very very nervous today about running a whole 5k. I know there are many who had felt the same way before they attempted it. I had been running only on the treadmill as I live in south Florida and it's way too hot to run outside. I was going at 4.5 usually. To get through the 5k I decided to start at 4.0 because it's not important how fast you go, but that you're able to finish.

At 47 minutes, 32 seconds I crossed the 3.1 mile marker and raised my arms in triumph. I HAD DONE IT!!!! Me, a complete couch potato 8 1/2 months ago, was able to easily complete the 5k without having to take any walking breaks. In fact I felt so good & so strong that I upped the speed to 4.2 for part of the time and ended up running 4 miles in an hour.

Now I know that I CAN DO ANYTHING!!!! And believe me, if I can do it, ANYONE can!! So put aside your trepidations and sign up for one of the SparkPeople 5k Your Way Programs. You will be so glad that you did.

I am, as always, deeply appreciative of everyone who cheered me on and encouraged me. It meant so much and was very helpful. Next Saturday I plan to do the 5k Run for Hunger, my 1st 5k with other people. I know I'll be able to finish!
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AAEEFDCA 9/18/2011 4:13PM

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Wonderful, you have done so well. Keep up the good work.
Eliz

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VW_STEPH 9/18/2011 5:58AM

    AWESOME job!! Major congratulations to you!! xx

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/17/2011 10:20PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done!!

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TERESA159 9/17/2011 9:41PM

    This is soooo cool! I am so happy for you. Isn't it amazing what the ole body is capable of if we just ASK? Woohoo!!!!! You are going to have so much fun running the 5K event. It's a big rush!

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AMANDA-129 9/17/2011 5:26PM

    Congratulations! What a great accomplishment emoticon

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 9/17/2011 4:17PM

    Way to go! emoticon

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KAILYNSTAR 9/17/2011 1:16PM

    Way to go! I'm so happy for you. I'm not much a runner myself and I have no desire to do that. I think that may be the flat feet and heel spurs talking. :)

What a great accomplishment. There could have been no better feeling than crossing that finish line.
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CORKYTHEMOM 9/17/2011 10:03AM

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Congratulations on running your first 5k! I am so PROUD of you! You are a FIRST-PLACE WINNER in all that you do!


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MUNCHIE718 9/17/2011 7:59AM

  Congratulations!!! You should be really proud of yourself for sticking with the program & accomplishing your goals. I used a similar program to start running (c25k). Each week, I'd look at the schedule & think, "I can't do that!" but somehow, you do. Not focusing on speed is one of the best pieces of advice I ever received when I was starting out, so it is great to hear that you are taking your time & focusing on crossing the finish line, rather than worring about your time. Speed will come with practice. Keep up the great work!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/17/2011 7:50AM

    Great Job!!! You should be so proud of this accomplishment! Let your success carry you throughout your next challenge.
I got into the habit of running a personal 5K on my treadmill each month, I started last November with my Turkey Trot (yes, I give fun name to them to make them more fun!) and this month will have completed my 11th personal 5K. Keep up your running... maybe an 8K in your near future?

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RUNNERGIRL60 9/17/2011 2:54AM

    WAY TO GO!!!!! It feels so great to complete that first 5K!! Can't wait to hear about mire running events. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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MISSY455 9/17/2011 2:38AM

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Congrats on finishing your first of what I am sure is many 5k's!
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WHIPPEACHZ 9/17/2011 2:02AM

    Awesome! You did it! Whoo Hoo!

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BLESSED2BEME 9/16/2011 11:27PM

    I am so proud of you!!!! I can't wait to hear about your first 5K race next week!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/16/2011 11:22PM

    You are inspirational!

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LIMASTAR 9/16/2011 11:17PM

  Congrats on running your 5K!!! Now you know that anything is possible and you can get it done. Keep up the great work.

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BOOMAC1961 9/16/2011 11:06PM

    AWESOME! Congrats on your sucess!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/16/2011 11:01PM

    I am so proud of you! emoticon

I am right behind (several weeks) and I am racing to catch you!



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CHAR1970 9/16/2011 10:41PM

    Good for you! I can't even imagine running for one minute!

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NELLYCFIT 9/16/2011 10:24PM

  Congratulations! Those Couch to 5K running programs are great!

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TALLGUY42 9/16/2011 10:05PM

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Way to go! Something to be proud of!

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ARLENE_MOVES 9/16/2011 9:53PM

    Fantastic!!! emoticon

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REYVE01 9/16/2011 9:38PM

    So awesome.... proud of you.

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FITKAT62 9/16/2011 9:04PM

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MRSJOCCO 9/16/2011 8:51PM

    What an encouragement-- emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 9/16/2011 8:23PM

    Woo hoo! Way to go! You CAN do anything... now, I'm going to have to go and try this thing. You've inspired me to do it. I keep thinking I want to try it; but now, I'm going to do it!
Chris
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MILLISMA 9/16/2011 8:08PM

    You have accomplished soooooo much. You are emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/16/2011 8:04PM

    You CAN do anything...and you DID!! ROCK STAR!!!

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