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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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ON2VICTORY 5/27/2012 9:39AM

    I am feeling the awesome from all the way up here. Must be fallout from the woo hoo bomb that exploded yesterday at the finish line

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CROETHLE1 5/27/2012 9:34AM

    Outstanding! What an inspiration! I am one week away from my first; thanks for sharing emoticon

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EBBKATE 5/27/2012 9:34AM

    Whooo Hoooo....Great Job!!!!

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CAPECODBABE 5/27/2012 9:34AM

    Wow emoticon emoticon

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BHSUZYCUE 5/27/2012 9:31AM

    Love the bling! Super sparkly!!

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FITWITHIN 5/27/2012 9:27AM

    emoticon on completing one of many racing in your future. Excellent job! Kickback and enjoy the rest of your weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOHNTJ1 5/27/2012 9:23AM

    I wsih you could see me, I am grinning. I recall my first race and it is a feeling no one can ever take away from you and at the same time is so very hard to decribe.

Huge Congrats to you

Much Love

John

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MIMIDOT 5/27/2012 9:21AM

    Way to go, girl! You did it! Congratulations!!!!!!

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JOYANN84 5/27/2012 9:20AM

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JANIED10 5/27/2012 9:16AM

    Congratulations. Hills are hard but they make you feel so good afterward. Sounds like you had a great first race! emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 5/27/2012 9:11AM

    WooHoo!!!! Way to go girl! What an amazing first race. You did great. It is wonderful to hear of how many showed you that you are loved and just how special and important you are. There really is no stopping you now!

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CYPATAYLOR2 5/27/2012 9:03AM

  Awesome! emoticon

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GINGERVISTA 5/27/2012 9:02AM

    That is W-A-Y emoticon
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TONYVAND1 5/27/2012 8:52AM

  emoticon emoticon Congratulations. Keep it going.

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HEAT7918 5/27/2012 8:40AM

    Congratulations - great job!!

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DGFOWLER 5/27/2012 8:25AM

    I think loving your friends & family goes along with the love you must have felt for yourself in accomplishing yet an other goal. emoticon
You are amazing. Congrats.. Donna

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STEADFASTNSEE 5/27/2012 8:17AM

  I am SO proud of you! emoticon

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BLOOMING52 5/27/2012 7:55AM

    Way to go!

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IDLETYME 5/27/2012 7:43AM

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 5/27/2012 7:42AM

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You know how proud I am of you!
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BERI03 5/27/2012 7:38AM

    Congratulations! You are emoticon emoticon

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CHANSEN_20001 5/27/2012 7:23AM

    Way to go!!! Congratulations!!!

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ASTRALL 5/27/2012 7:18AM

    What a great blog!! Well done to you and congratulations on a really good time considering the fearsome hills!! emoticon

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TEAMDIABETES 5/27/2012 7:17AM

    Way to go! Great way to start my day...thinking of your accomplishment! This is just the beginning...

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THEIS58 5/27/2012 7:13AM

    Totally inspiring!

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BESCATS 5/27/2012 7:00AM

    What a feat, congratulations to you. The hills were getting me just reading your blog. LOL Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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KIPPER15 5/27/2012 6:51AM

    emoticon emoticon Great job.

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JIBBIE49 5/27/2012 6:51AM

    emoticon WOW, you're a STAR. Great to see you featured in the Spark Mail, to inspire the one and a half million readers. emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 5/27/2012 6:50AM

    congratulations, fellow runner! what a victory!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AELI2468 5/27/2012 6:37AM

    Congrats!!

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CAM2438 5/27/2012 6:37AM

    GOOD FOR YOU. Congratulations!!! emoticon

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40BY0830 5/27/2012 6:33AM

  COngratulations!!!!

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SLIMLEAF 5/27/2012 6:24AM

    Suberb - well done! You write really well, too - I felt I could really capture the atmosphere - thanks for sharing. It will inspire me to get out of the house this evening and go for a run, even if it's only a short one - a little is better than nothing. Happy running!

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SCHECK5 5/27/2012 6:22AM

    Awesome job!!

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NANA2ANGELS 5/27/2012 6:21AM

    So emoticon emoticon job!!!

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GRAMPIAN 5/27/2012 6:04AM

  Brilliant! emoticon

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KELMEY82 5/27/2012 3:46AM

  Way to go! Can't wait to hear about any future runs!

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LIZALOT 5/27/2012 3:07AM

    Way to go!!!! you did it. I love the car! and next time you'll beat all those hills. i live in a village with loads of hills, and i just chant "what goes up must come down" as i struggle up them. it works, mostly!

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HYATTI1 5/27/2012 3:00AM

    Congratulations...good job. Amazing job.

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BECKYANNE1 5/27/2012 2:56AM

    emoticon That was awesome that you had so much support. It really makes a difference.

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TRYINGFOR140 5/27/2012 2:34AM

    Congrats! Must have been awesome to have all your friends encouraging you!

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ZANNBEE 5/26/2012 10:19PM

    Way to go! Your medal rocks.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 5/26/2012 10:16PM

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Way to GO !!!

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Literally & Figuratively !

Knew you would do
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Have a Super Sunday

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BLESSINGS !


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JENNCABA 5/26/2012 9:37PM

    emoticon emoticon On your first run, you did great!!!That was pretty cool that Tara ran with you in the end... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/26/2012 9:15PM

    Awesome. So one thing I've learned from your experience is to make sure I know the terrain for the race.

You did great. So proud of you and glad to hear how it went.

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KBRADFORD88 5/26/2012 8:20PM

    Leah. Aaesome and great your 5K experience was such a nice one. Most of mine have been tee-tiny with no booths or anything. Glad you were feeling the love.

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LINDAK25 5/26/2012 7:24PM

    emoticon Way to go!

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WINNIE1978 5/26/2012 7:21PM

    Congrats! Great time especially considering all the hills! I'm glad you have such a wonderful support system! The van decorating was awesome! emoticon

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FRESKA 5/26/2012 6:49PM

    ok. happy for you! and i am totally stoked that tara was there and YOU got to talk to her and then she ran with you?!?! ok i'm sooo living vicariously through you for those moments! ha! I LOVE HER! she is my BL, HERO. the main one i would EVER want to mimic in attitude and determination. she is so cool :) tell her if she ever gets up to AK then you have a friend here that would welcome her ANY time! emoticon
does she live near you? i mean in that area somewhat? i didnt remember where she is from.
what does she do now? is she a p.t.?
so stoked about that experience with her! not to over shaddow my happiness for you running / walking an awesome race with an awesome time!
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So happy your fam came out to support you too! and candy is the best!! what an awesome friend!!!

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