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My 1st 5k race! (lots of photos included)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

8 1/2 months ago I was basically a couch potato. See scary before photos below!



4 days after joining SP

The thought of running a 5k wasn't anywhere in my head, body, neighborhood. Thankfully I found SP and got off my big fat a** and started going to the gym. Didn't get on the treadmill though as I didn't like it.

Made some friends here on SP and started seeing what they were doing. Got "sparked" when MOM2PIPER invited me to do a 5k. Me? I don't think so! But why not? She was running 5ks, TERESA159 was running and I saw other friends getting excited about 5ks. SP has great 5k training programs (previously blogged about this so won't bore you by repeating myself.)

8 days ago I ran my 1st 5k on the treadmill as the culmination of the 5k Rookie Running Program. I couldn't believe that I was able to do it. I did 2 more last week. I had planned to do my 1st 5k race on Oct. 1 but when I found out there was one 10 minutes from my house, I couldn't pass up the chance.

I'd only run on the treadmill at the gym so 2 nights ago I went for a run with DD outside in my community. What a difference! It was so much harder! I did about 1.5 miles (maybe?) and really started to worry -- how was I going to be able to do a 5k today?

I decided I'd do my best, which is all we can really do, and I'd be happy as long as I finished even if I had to walk part of it. Well not only was I able to run the entire thing, I beat my best treadmill time by 7 minutes! I thought I'd be much slower but maybe it was having all those people running with me (okay, way ahead of me LOL) but I was able to keep going without having to walk. My time was 38:41.5 and I was 6th out of the group of 50-59 year old women (perhaps there were only 6, I don't know!)

Here are photos to mark my 1st race. DD was kind enough to get up extra early and run with me.


Before the race


Running off those pounds!


I made it!


As you can see, it was really emotional for me.


My parents came to cheer me on. Can't believe my dad just turned 80 two weeks ago!


My goal is to eventually look like this:
My lovely and lovable DD, Skye.

So here's the moral of the story, push yourself because you'll be surprised at what you're capable of. And that's the biggest NSV of all!
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