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My Awesome 5K Day!!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I was nervous because I've never run a 5K RACE. Up until 6 weeks ago, I never even ran more than a 3-minute interval!

But we signed up for one of the few 5Ks being held in August in Arkansas, and lo and behold it was in the next town. It was the "first annual" 5K being held by a nursing home & rehab center to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Race started at 7:00 am and it was already hot! About 80 degrees. TC & I really didn't warm up and probably took off too fast. I felt stiff. TC was running ahead of me as usual but I prefer that. He's my pace car AND if he's in front he can't talk to me! emoticon I need ALL my powers of concentration.

The first mile marker came fairly quickly but then it seemed we went and went...finally I asked TC if we passed mile marker two but he said he hadn't seen it....finally, mile marker three and then it was all over!

Our time: a PERSONAL BEST: 35 MINUTES 32 SECONDS, for an 11:30 mile! Our practice runs have all been around a 13:00 mile pace, so yeah, a good time!

So that was GREAT! We met some people we knew at the race; here is Bentley, the man of wisdom from my blog on August 1.

You can't really tell how tall he is in this picture, but he's TALL! He racewalks TEN MILES in a little over 90 minutes six days a week. AMAZING! This was one of the few times we've actually talked to him -- when we're on the trails he's usually just the blur whizzing by us!

AND, there was another person there we knew...MY NEMESIS, the FITNESS NAZI aka the SPANDEX NAZI! (Although, ahem, she was wearing VERY LITTLE spandex yesterday.)

I had bought some tickets for the raffle items just to support the cause, and I WON a manicure/pedicure! Amazing since I almost never win anything! So that was great too!

We waited around a little bit longer to hear the medal winners, and they started with the youngest and worked their way up. I was excited to hear my name as the WINNER in the 50-59 female running group! The mayor had turned out to award the medals so that was special!

THEN, for the males 60 and older, TC won first place!!!

Of course, he looks abashed because...HE WAS THE ONLY MALE ENTRY 60 OR OLDER!
emoticon And, in the interest of full disclosure and honesty, while I was NOT the only female in my category, there were only two of us!

But it didn't wreck my fun! I came in first in my age group and that's all you need to know.

The next picture was sooooo much fun. I asked Fitness Nazi for a picture, which she graciously agreed to....and told her I was going to post it on Facebook telling everyone that she came in second in her age group while I came in FIRST in mine!!!! (Not sure she found that as amusing as I did...)

Actually, she is a very nice woman who takes fitness very, very seriously (no duh!) and when you are done with her class, you know you've worked out. HARD!

Here's something I never, ever, ever thought I would ever, ever, ever see:


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GETFIT2LIVE 8/8/2012 10:17AM

    I am so proud of you and so excited for you--I'm just sorry I didn't see your blog until today! You did awesome, setting a PR for yourself in your first race. Hope that gives you the confidence to keep going and do more; I love the energy and excitement of races, both large and small. WOO HOO for you!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/7/2012 3:02PM

    This is soooo Awesome!!! Congrats on running your first 5km race. You rocked it!!!I You should be so proud of yourself for stepping out of your comfort zone!!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/7/2012 11:31AM

    Congratulations!!!! What a fantastic run!! :) You both did great. I LOLd at what you said about telling the "fitness nazi" that you came in first in your group and she only came in 2nd in hers. That's hilarious and awesome.

Great job!!

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ROOSTER72 8/7/2012 3:48AM

    Good on you.

Maybe there were only 2 entries in your category - but you beat all the 50-59 year old women who
- used to run, and have given it away
- run. but did not have the confidence to enter a 5k
- sat at home on the couch, never thinking of getting off it for their health

Well done!

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BECKYANNE1 8/6/2012 7:16PM

    emoticon emoticon You should be very proud!

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LAURELSPARK 8/6/2012 5:56PM

    WooHoo! It looks like, all in all, you had a great day!

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WATERMELLEN 8/6/2012 5:24PM

    Wow!! You rock!! and your husband too: doesn't matter how many in your "flight", YOU showed up, right?

(Hilarious about FN, actually: hilarious!! Gotta have a sense of humour . . . ).

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PEZMOM1 8/6/2012 12:53PM

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JENJESS48 8/6/2012 10:10AM

    Fantastic! What a great first race!

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ANYVAR54 8/5/2012 11:15PM

    Great job. First place is first place.
Congrats all around.
You make it sound such fun.
I can't wait until I can even walk a 5K. Going to try it this fall.

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MLH148 8/5/2012 7:36PM

    Fabulous! Great pace. Keep it up! emoticon

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NANCY- 8/5/2012 7:32PM

You and TC deserve credit for getting out in that heat. Personal bests and first place you guys ROCK!!!
(Um, does the Spandex Nazi know that is your nickname for her?)

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DLDMIL 8/5/2012 5:17PM

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NEW_PARADIGM 8/5/2012 4:34PM

So, so, so happy for you and PROUD OF YOU for all the walls you busted to get deserved every bit of the magic yesterday!

Expression of first picture of SN gives an idea of why she may have ended up with that name, nice to also see her smiling in the second!

Again, Super Job!!

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    WOW! What a great race! Personal best, age-group best, placed higher than the Fitness Nazi (that made me chuckle), doesn't get any better than that!

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FITWITHIN 8/5/2012 4:17PM

    emoticon Excellent job! emoticon emoticon

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AJDOVER1 8/5/2012 3:00PM

    You are my hero! First place is AMAZING! Woo Hoo!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/5/2012 1:14PM

    OMG, that's SOOO awesome!!! Congratulations!

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    All right! Sounds wonderful! Wishing you many more award opportunities!!!

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LESLIELENORE 8/5/2012 12:32PM

    Very cool! Way to go on your first race. I'm doing my second 5k race this coming Saturday. I am hoping the weather will be cooler by then.

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MEADSBAY 8/5/2012 12:09PM

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You and your dh deserve those medals!


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AMARILYNH 8/5/2012 11:55AM

    WOW 1st place in your 1st 5k - way to go!!! Very inspiring!! emoticon

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FLGIRL1234 8/5/2012 11:51AM

    This blog makes me so happy, The look on your face says it all. Way to go! You earned it!

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MARATHONDAD 8/5/2012 11:47AM

    that is amazing way to go!!!!

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SHORTTOOTH1 8/5/2012 11:46AM

    emoticon And so inspirational!!

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