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Hoosier Fit Expo 5K - First Race!


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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wow...what a day for a first race! I had a GREAT night of sleep last night, after several encouraging texts from some of my runner friends and non-runner friends alike. Woke up around 6am and, per trainer's orders, ate immediately. Had a nice strawberry banana blueberry yogurt smoothie, cup of coffee and a Luna Bar. Just a few sips of water to get my vitamin down.

Around 7am, the texts and e-mails started pouring in from amazing friends, co-workers, SparkBuddies and trainer. I was nervous, but excited and just so touched that so many were thinking of me and cheering for me. And then...I went outside to leave and found my van had been attacked by one of my derby buddies, Thigh Candy. Oy...that sweet, sweet girl! There was a card and a dozen roses on my windshield and a bunch of star balloons tied to the side mirror. And...well...this...



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Got in the car and was one of the first people at the field house. Haha. That was a long couple of hours, but had some friends with booths there so I chatted them up a bit, used the restroom and all that good stuff. Did a little warm-up and got into my zen place. About 10 minutes before the race, my mother-in-law, husband, oldest daughter and little guy showed up. That was a surprise and pretty nice to see them.

Before the race started, I got to chat a bit with Tara from Biggest Loser (Season 7?). She was really sweet and really down to earth, not at all like you'd think a TV star would be. I kind of expected her to have an entourage, but nope. She was just hanging out by the starting line and nobody was talking to her, so I asked her about her Iron Man and she played with my kids a bit. That was surreal. We talked about workouts and food and such. She was really great. Here's a shot of Tara:



I know, you guys are like...WHO CARES? GET TO THE RACE! Haha.

OK, so starting line...and we're off. There were really only about 30 people running this 5k so it was a really nice, small group. We started out and I was already in the rear...but I knew going in that I wouldn't be as fast as most people, so it didn't really bother me. I just hung out in the back, thinking, "I'll make this up later...gotta get in the zone."

Well...no time to get in the zone because the very first thing on this course was a MASSIVE hill. I have not trained on hills AT ALL. I've READ about them and the form you are supposed to use when you run up and down them...but reading and doing are two very different things. Needless to say, I walked that first hill...as did many of the runners. Listen...that thing was LONG. About halfway up, I decided to name it because it was just so treacherous. I dis-affectionately dubbed it "Murder Mountain".

Once I got past that hill, running felt SO good. Until...the next hill. Yes. And the next. And the next. Look, I didn't know there was a mountain range in the middle of Bloomington, Indiana! emoticon

So, I walked all the hills because I really wasn't willing to risk injury. I figured, "Well, my time will suffer, but who cares? At least I'll finish."

On the downhills and straight-aways, I was able to run and that was really nice. Honestly, it was 93 degrees and it wasn't until the last half mile or so that I really began to feel the heat. Luckily, they decided to throw some water stations onto the course RIGHT where I needed it...wow, that stuff felt good and helped me keep going.

Finally, I could see the stadium (finish line was across the parking lot). But, you know...wouldn't be right unless there was ONE LAST HILL right before the finish line. It was a smaller one...but still.

The last 0.1 miles, of course I ran. And Tara ran with me. That was pretty awesome. She took me all the way to the finish line.

So, I came out with a final time of 43:35. Considering my normal training run time for the 5k on a totally flat course is 43 minutes, I was SUPER excited about this finish. I honestly thought it was going to be closer to 55 minutes. It felt so long out there.

Here is the obligatory medal photo:



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All in all, this was a perfect first race. Debriefed with trainer afterwards and he asked, "How do you feel after getting such a cool medal?"

I replied, "I feel...like I can do whatever I want. I feel like I'm never going back to...all of it."

But, I think if I had to sum up how I feel...it really doesn't have much to do with the run. Honestly...I've never felt more loved than I felt today.

I'm so thankful and so blessed to have the most amazing group of friends on the planet.

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NVRDWN88 10/15/2012 7:59PM

    I know this is an old blog but I just love it...one of my favorites on spark....meeting and running with Tara had to feel amazing cuz she is one terrific person I cried (dont laugh at me) when I watched her in thw ironman and some of her bl episodes and you did a great job in your race and all the support you got was fantastic doesn't it feel great knowing people want you to succeed instead of the people who judge you or back stab ya and want you to fail....you know what I mean.....I know it was in may but Congrats again

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DEBK0923 6/17/2012 2:04PM

    congratulations, I have just started to run and can't wait to get where you are. Great Job and great blog

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WHITEANGEL4 5/30/2012 10:05PM

    Fantastic day for you. Congratulations. Thanks for giving us a detail so we could follow you along the way

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MSTAPLE1 5/30/2012 11:25AM

  Congrats!!

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 5/30/2012 8:31AM

    Awesome job...and how cool to meet Tara. She's one of my favorites from BL. :)

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MANILUS 5/29/2012 6:39PM

    Excellent work! So great that the emotions you felt were awesome!

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XXEDRA 5/29/2012 5:06PM

    Congrats on your first race!

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CYDNEYLEECH 5/29/2012 6:29AM

    Unbelievably awesome. I know how you felt about the hills. When I was in the Army (12 years, until my back gave out and I had to get out medically), we used to run in all terrain. Once I was stationed in Harrisonburg, VA. Right outside of the Skyline Drive, meaning all hills and mountains. It was rough. Congrats!!!!


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CM_GARDNER78 5/28/2012 11:33PM

    That is AWESOME!!! And I think it's SO cool you got to meet Tara!! :-) Congratulations!!!

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TMOORE073 5/28/2012 10:25PM

    Congrats! I am a runner too. It is such a great form of excercise. Good for you to get out there & set a goal for yourself! I also have a goal to set for myself. I am almost 50 & I would love to compete in a Triathalon. I think it will be hard work but worth it! Sounds like you have a great support group. Wonderful friends & family to help you along the way! Good luck on your next race! I sure there will be many more! Happy running! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 5/28/2012 9:37PM

    You made me get choked up! What a great race blog. Thanks for sharing! WAY TO GO!

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NEWMOM20121 5/28/2012 8:49PM

    Great job. Congratulations on a jog well done.

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ANCLIFE 5/28/2012 8:26PM

    Congratulations! I haven't raced in a long time but I remember what an adrenaline rush it is. I hope you'll keep going because they're all a lot of fun.

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CASILAYNE 5/28/2012 8:25PM

    So proud of you!! Well done!! :))

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TFUNKSGIRL 5/28/2012 7:28PM

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SBATES63 5/28/2012 3:47PM

    Awesome!!!! You are a champ!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 5/28/2012 12:40PM

    Way to go! That's awesome. Congrats on you first race.



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ERIKGN 5/28/2012 12:39PM

  Good job, Way to go!

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FANCYBEANIE 5/28/2012 12:00PM

    I ran my first 5k this weekend. It was hard, but I hope to do it again. Congrats on a great job with a great time.. emoticon

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FANCYBEANIE 5/28/2012 12:00PM

    I ran my first 5k this weekend. It was hard, but I hope to do it again. Congrats on a great job with a great time.. emoticon

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FITBY40-2015 5/28/2012 11:18AM

    congrats!!! i ran my first race on sunday and what a feeling it was emoticon

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SPECIALGURL7 5/28/2012 11:07AM

    Congratulations! It is always good to have friends to support you in your endeavors. emoticon

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AMURDOCK68 5/28/2012 9:56AM

    Whoo hoo. Ways to go. We never know what obstacles we may find on any journey. Way to get over those hills and mountains in Bloomington. Glad I caught your blog on the the Best of Spark People Daily. :)

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TAURUSGIRL3 5/28/2012 9:40AM

  Awesome!! I am sure that was the first race of many!!


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TWEETIEBIRDIE 5/28/2012 9:07AM

    Amazing! You must feel so proud of yourself! Now you can train for your next race! It is so exciting to run with a crowd of people!!!

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MOM2HANDH 5/28/2012 8:39AM

    Great job!! Sounds like a perfect first race (except for the hills :))

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BLOOMING52 5/28/2012 8:15AM

    Way to go.

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SMORSEBVR 5/28/2012 6:45AM

  Good job!

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LEANMEAN2 5/28/2012 6:19AM

    Congratulations.

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CHIPLEY_FL 5/28/2012 1:00AM

    How cool. I love it all. The run. Meeting Tara. The Medal.

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FRIENDOFBACH 5/27/2012 11:28PM

  Way to go. I know that you must feel really great!
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PORTPRINCESS1 5/27/2012 9:54PM

  Way to go! Inspiring!

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TAMPATINK67 5/27/2012 8:49PM

    Awesome!

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JOYCECAIN 5/27/2012 8:23PM

    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. YOU FINISHED THE RACE AND THAT IS WHAT COUNTS. I ENVY YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE YOUNG AND ABLE TO RUN. BUT I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU. GOOD GOING. YOU DID YOURSELF PROUD. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPINNER520 5/27/2012 8:13PM

    Running in races is about doing the best that you can and worrying less about time! Nice job!

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ANGIEINTRAINING 5/27/2012 8:13PM

    Congratulations on your first run! It feels great doesn't it??? When is your next 5K going to be? What a great blog. You are a fantastic writer...very fun to read.

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TYLYNN61 5/27/2012 8:04PM

    WTG You are an inspiration to all of us. I loved readying about your race and how you took the hills slow and cautiously. Kinda like life run on the straight away and walk through the rough days. Thank You for sharing.

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MARGARITTM 5/27/2012 7:56PM

    Great first race - many more in your future!


See you at the finish line Runner Girl!

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    Congrats on your first 5K. You did great.
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