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NOVA Sparkers Runway 5/10K Manassas VA

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Today 5 of us NOVA Sparkers met at Manassas Regional Airport for a Runway 5K. The race went around the runway and the finish line ended by some airplanes parked. It was a completely flat course which made it really nice. It was also gorgeous weather. I am the slow one of our group, but even I beat all my prior pace times :-)

I started off trying to jog more and stay with Tiffany, but I stopped to walk while she kept on. Along the way, I met up with another lady who seemed to be struggling. She told me it was her 1st 5K and she did it because the rest of her family did it last year and she had promised them she would do it with them this year. I stayed with her, and we alternated walking with jogging, but more walking. Once we got about a quarter mile from the finish I asked her if she could jog to the finish and she said she'd try. She made it all the way and the look on her face was priceless! She thanked me multiple times. As I came to the finish I saw my sparker friends waving to me.

Now I'm looking at another local race June 10th that Tiffany is doing. It's really nice having spark friends to do things with and one of these days I'll be able to keep up with them emoticon

Here we were before the start:




This is the first 5K I've ever done that gave out medals at the finish. That was nice!


Looking forward to another one with you all soon!
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  • v WENNII
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    1493 days ago
  • v KTTAYLOR21
    Go Carla!!!! The big thing is finishing and you made a friend in the process. That made it even more worth it.
    1508 days ago
  • v ENUFF81020
    Congratulations on your recent accomplishment--I'm a bit jealous, maybe in my future... You were a great support to the lady who was struggling through her first 5K. That was a kind and thoughtful thing for you to do, while giving her the encouragement to complete the run. You did a great service while taking your own success, what an awesome accomplishment!!" Here's a emoticon and a emoticon for a job well done!!
    Gentle hugs,
    Sylvia
    1533 days ago
  • v CDILTS
    I used to live in DC, you're making me miss it! Great job!

    1534 days ago
  • v RUN2MYDREAMS
    Go you! I'm so proud of you Carla! Wish I'd known about it. I would've signed up. I was walking to Safeway and back and then saw your pics when I got on FB! emoticon emoticon
    1537 days ago
  • v LAINIESNEWLIFE
    Great Job, Carla!!! That was very sweet of you to walk/jog with that lady. I'm sure you helped her a lot to get to the finish line. Keep up the great work!!

    Hugs,

    Lainie
    1538 days ago
  • v LLTS01
    emoticon you girls rock!!
    1538 days ago
  • v CELIAMINER
    It was such fun, Carla! You're right, the medal was a nice surprise. I thought they'd give out nice 10K medals and some chintzy piece of plastic for 5K, but they didn't. And the tech shirts were also a class act! I expected yet another cotton shirt I would wear once, then stick in a drawer because you just can't sweat in them without feeling weighed down. Would definitely do this again!
    1538 days ago
  • v PIXIE-LICIOUS
    You inspire me, Carla. Someday I might be able to run too! I am working on it.
    1539 days ago
  • v VIRGINIAGRETA
    Nice work!! And even greater that you have inspired another runnerr that you didnt know. This sounds like a fun tun - maybe I will have to add it ti my list for next year. Im not too far from Manassas.
    1539 days ago
  • v SHARON10002
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    Nice medal, Carla! Congratulations! You sure had a nice day for it!
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    1539 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/13/2012 5:36:46 AM
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