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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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HEALTHYBARB1 11/21/2011 6:35PM

    Love your smile and so get the tears...congratulations on this great accomplishment!!! So proud of you!! Smiles Barb

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/21/2011 12:40PM

    Wow . . . and your clothes are getting loser! WooHoo! You look marveous out their on the track and with family. Now this is what I call celebrating life to the fullest. You are rockin' girlfriend!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 11/15/2011 6:46PM

    Excellent job! You've really toned up your body and I LOVE your smile!!!!

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FLYCHRISTI 11/15/2011 12:38PM

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So good blog...So motivating...
I can t wait for the 5% Challenge.

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MICHCLEARY 10/29/2011 10:06AM

    Way to go! 5k's are addicting so I'm sure we'll see more pictures of you running again soon!

congrats! I made that same kind of face when I finished my first half marathon this year! It's a wonderful, emotional feeling!

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MOSTMOM1 10/29/2011 9:49AM

    Can't believe I'm just now reading this. AWESOME blog!!! I love the pics of you at the finish line. How great did that feel? You should be so proud of yourself. And your daughter is absolutely adorable.
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MARY1313 10/14/2011 10:57AM

    You are TOTALLY awesome!!! You go girl!!!!

Mary in Alabama

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NANHBH 10/14/2011 10:36AM

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Tears came to my eyes when I read your blog! I'm so happy for you and proud of you! I will run my first 5K on 10/22. I wondered if I would get emotional about it. The fact that the emotion came up just reading about your finish, I'm gonna guess it will be emotional for me, too! Keep up the good work!
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DEBBYFROMMT 10/13/2011 10:05AM

    The look on your face after you crossed the finish line brought tears to my eyes! Wonderful! So, when is the next 5K? emoticon emoticon

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LINDAJ0621 10/7/2011 5:54PM

    Awesome!!! Loved reading about your achievement! And, you look amazing!!!
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MYMANSBABE 10/6/2011 12:05PM

    Congratulations! What an AMAZING job you've done!!!

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GUITARMAMA80 9/27/2011 9:03PM

    Wow, good for you! I felt emotional looking at your emotional pic! emoticon You are a true inspiration!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2011 12:58PM

    Absolutely emoticon !

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SWEETBEETL 9/26/2011 1:44AM

    I knew you could do it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am crying with joy for you:)

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/26/2011 12:16AM

    Awesome run and fabulous story that gets you to this point. Love all the great photos. You have nearly come full circle in developing such great healthy habits, which will help you maintain at the time you're ready to go into maintenance mode. Thanks for helping us ROCK these first few days as we now near the Morocco airport. WooHoo!

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 9/26/2011 12:16AM

    SOOOOOOO AWESOME!! I can't wait until my fat a$$ is able to do that...I think I have a little bit more weight to lose b/c I think all that bouncing will bother both my knees and hips! BUT I am going to try it at some point! Thanks for inspiring me! BTW...I want to look like your DD too! Ah to be YOUNG and have a METABOLISM!!! (which I only had for a very short time during my teens!!)

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TERESA159 9/25/2011 10:26PM

    Wow. You ran the whole thing and beat your time, that's amazing! And now I see why you kept telling me you couldn't run because your ta-tas would kill you. Remember that? LOL Dang girl, you have made some serious progress in your physique and in your achievements. (I cried after my first 5K too, it IS a huge thing for those of us who just never thought we'd do something like that to cross that finish line. Running.) Thanks for sharing, am having happy tears for you.

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KAILYNSTAR 9/25/2011 3:01PM

    I have watched you make progress throughout the months and have been very pleased with where have got.

You did well, and you are still doing well.

You're daughter is beautiful and I am so sure that one day, you'll be standing right there with her and we won't be able to see who is who.

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NINJA-NED 9/25/2011 8:49AM

    yay you!!! i've just started using the treadmill and have been wondering if i can train for the 5k on it. looks like i can! thanks for adding me as a friend - i think we're going to get along just fine. and keep up the awesome teddy bear work!

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TAMIK1964 9/25/2011 7:32AM

    Congratulations!!!! I had a 5k yesterday too and although it wasn't my first, it was the first where I managed to run the whole thing so I know exactly how you feel!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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ASL191 9/25/2011 6:55AM

    Fab Blog!

Well done you - what an achievement!

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MISSY455 9/25/2011 2:20AM

    You should be so very proud of yourself! I am so happy you did this for yourself. emoticon
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BLESSED2BEME 9/24/2011 11:13PM

    Melissa,
Your blog made me cry. That is how I felt at the end of my first 5K too! You did great!

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Trish

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MELISSAB401 9/24/2011 10:27PM

    EXCELLENT!!!! Congratulations on your 5K and your 50 lb loss!! You're looking great!!
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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/24/2011 10:11PM

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! You did an awesome job!!!!!!!!!! Of course you got emotional you did something outside of your normal routine and you did it wonderfully!!! You are truly an inspiration!!

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REYVE01 9/24/2011 9:49PM

    Wow... that is amazing.... That look on your face almost made me cry too... when you crossed the finish line. Great Job. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/24/2011 9:46PM

    Great story and beautiful pics. I think that when we get to the point where we are ready to post our "before" pics, we have truly crossed into a new place in our program.

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IMIN2GENES 9/24/2011 8:18PM

    Way to go my friend! That is awesome. And you, well my dear, you look FABULOUS!! Congratulations on all your success.
Chris
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GETTHEGAF 9/24/2011 7:41PM

    Well done!!! great job emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/24/2011 6:44PM

    emoticon and emoticon on completing your first official 5K!!! There is nothing quite like your very first race although I am always emotional just to complete them.
Great pictures...and such a beautiful daughter!!! AWESOME goal!!!
Hugs,
Helen

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 9/24/2011 6:22PM

    emoticon I am so proud of you! I know you feel great...like you can do anything. Well, yes, you can! emoticon

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GRATEFULBOB 9/24/2011 5:45PM

    wtg you did it anyone who can finish a race is a winner, there are alot of people that do not race because they think they can not do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/24/2011 5:17PM

    emoticon Great job on completing you first 5K! What an inspiration, way to go teddy bear! I have been doing treadmill 5K's for 11 months now, but have not tried a real race. One goal I had for September is to sign up for one before the end of the year. Thanks for sparking this idea back into my head. Your dad looks great for 82! How fun that they could come cheer for you! Congrats again.

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BOOMAC1961 9/24/2011 4:46PM

    AWESOME JOB! Congrats on finishing your 1st official 5K! You rock!

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 9/24/2011 4:44PM

    How awesome is that!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!! Of course you got emotional and you deserve to be!!!! What an absolutely awesome NSV!!!! This blog made me laugh, cry, and feel completely inspired like, hey maybe I could do it too. I have been saying for 2 years I want to start running. Now I just read your blog and think maybe it is possible!!! I loved that your parents came to cheer you on!!! My in laws are 84 and they would do the same. They look great by the way!! I also loved you picture of what you want to look like. Your daughter is beautiful. Congratulations! Great job!!

You are one awesome Teddy Bear!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 9/24/2011 4:28PM

    emoticon YOU*ARE*AWESOME*

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MAGGIE805 9/24/2011 4:13PM

    Woohoo!!! I'm so proud of you, lady! Your blog made me a little emotional too looking back on how it felt to finish my first 5k. You finished strong, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GEMINIAN1 9/24/2011 1:35PM

    I loved this; thanks for sharing.
You look fantastic!
Seeing your face when you finished made me teary eyed.
I'm real proud of you.
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KIN59VARA 9/24/2011 1:05PM

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Congratulations

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ESILBO 9/24/2011 1:00PM

    emoticon VERY EMOTIONAL...MIGHT NO, WILL BE ME ONE DAY...
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GOOZLEBEAR 9/24/2011 12:59PM

    Love this blog, great pictures, congrats on completing the race. Your DD is beautiful and you look great too. I'm very proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/24/2011 12:55PM

    Hey I got emotional with you when I saw that picture emoticon

Great job!

P.S. That might have just been the menopause.

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MAMAKITTY10 9/24/2011 12:25PM

  emoticon You look great. emoticon

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ROJAKHAN 9/24/2011 11:22AM

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CROOKEDLETTER 9/24/2011 11:21AM

    Great to see the photos, especially the one where you are emotional. Brought tears to my eyes (in a good way). Cheers!

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