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HEY 5K! My first 5k race was an emotional one! I DID IT! w/pics!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I'm not even sure where to start with this blog. But here it goes.....8 weeks ago I started training for this 5k race with my husband by my side. My hubby use to run in races all the time and it was great having him pushing me in training, he also signed up for this 5k race. Around 3 weeks in I was running the full 5k and was so proud. Once I was able to run the entire 5k I decided to make a goal of running it in under a 12min per mile pace.

The race was actually about 5 days into our vacation. Yes I signed up to do a 5k race on my vaca! While out of town I didn't let up I continued to count all my calories, work out, and continued training for my run! I can say I'm actually the girl who gets up before everyone else on vaca and gets her workout/run in before everyone else even gets up and it feels amazing!!!!

I woke up excited and anxious about the race. I'm not sure why anxiety hit me because I had been running the full 5k plus some for over 5 weeks now but my mind was messing with me. I'm not sure if I had a fear of being last or what it was, but I told myself I was racing no one but myself! I just wanted to achieve the goal I set out for myself which was to run the entire race and strive to get under that 12 min per mile pace.
Here is the race in pics.....

my hubs and I pre-race we both ran the race but seperately....I knew I was not up to his speed yet and didn't want to have on my mind that I was holding him back...I wanted the race I was running to be strictly running against myself and not running to keep up...just knowing we were both doing it seperate but together was wonderful for me...I never ever ever thought this would be something WE would be doing!

number 42!! :o)

lining up getting ready to start the race (didn't know the camera was pointed at guess you can see I'm a little anxious here!

and here we go...once the race started all anxiety was gone...I was truly competing against me and for me! I didn't have anything to prove to anyone but myself!

my hubby crossing the finish line...I'm so proud of him..he came in 2nd in his age group!

even though he had already finished he came back the last little bit to cheer me on to the finish line! Hey and I wasn't last...theres a group of people running in behind me :o)

I am almost there...emotions are hitting me...Im really doing this!!!!

crossing the finish line...I can't even explain to you how that felt...I had my hubby, my parents, and my babies cheering me had to be one of my proudest moments!

I did it...I really did it!!! This girl who now weighs less than half of her starting weight just ran in a 5k race!

A dream just became a reality for me!

STRONG ENOUGH PHIL 4:13 I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength!


if this girl who weighed 373lbs has lost 187lbs and can run a 5k race you have to believe in yourself and know you can accomplish your dreams too....set goals and DEMOLISH them!!!!!!

I'm one proud girl!!!! I made my goal of not only running the entire race but with a pace under the 12min per mile mark.... race time was 36min9secs, pace 11min40sec mile!
Question I have been asked most is are you done running??? and the answer is HECK NO!!!! I'm officially addicted! If I dont get a run in I feel like I have missed out on something!!! I LOVE RUNNING....never ever thought I would say that. I use to joke that the only time you would see me running was if someone was chasing me with a no one is chasing me and I'm loving this happy healthy living! Now time to sign up for another race!

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GYMGIRL79 11/28/2012 11:33PM

    Great Blog!! Congrats on completing your first 5K! You are truly inspiring.

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XXJDXX 10/1/2012 5:19AM

    Congratulations! Truly a great accomplishment and inspiration.

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NETTERS85 9/18/2012 3:40AM

  Congratulations! Love the pics... I got all teary eyed and emotional. You are such an inspiration! Keep it up!

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JENNIFERLYNN128 9/17/2012 1:27PM

    Wow - This is the most inspriring thing I have read in a very long time. Your story is amazingly motivating. Congratulations!! You look (& I'm sure feel) GREAT! emoticon

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LAURIE5658 9/9/2012 10:53AM

    And I found this blog because my friend that found it through a friend commented on it LOL. So, I must comment on it too!!! CONGRATULATIONS on finishing your first race AND your life's journey. Best wishes and HAPPY RUNNING!!!


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BOILHAM 9/9/2012 8:17AM

    Found this blog 'cuz my sparkfriend commented on it. Just wonderful.
What a remarkable accomplishment you have had! Love the pictures of both of you.

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ONMYMEDS 9/8/2012 10:48PM

    Truly awesome. Wonderful job. It's amazing what can be done when you "believe in yourself".

Congratulations for ALL of your accomplishments.

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MIKIBA 9/2/2012 2:30PM

    You brought a tear of joy to my eye! I am so happy for you! Seeing you cross that finish line made me know that I can do it too! emoticon

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GIANTOCR1 8/31/2012 11:39AM

    Congrats to you on this....

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MIPALADY23 8/31/2012 11:22AM

    Sweet! Congrats

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AMH_GIRLIE 8/29/2012 1:35PM

    So inspiring. You are a great role model. Thank you for explaining it so well and for your words of wisdom. Reading this just charged me and motivated me so much. Great job on the 5K and I hope I can follow in your footsteps someday. :)

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3G1RLS4ME 8/28/2012 3:43PM

    Tears came to my eyes too congrats girl :)

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THEBEACHSLAP 8/28/2012 12:01PM

    Have to stop reading these stories at work. Getting all watery in the eyes. You are a fantastic inspiration. Going to keep my eyes on you...but not in the creepy stalker way.

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JILLKH37 8/28/2012 12:16AM

    Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment! So proud of you!!!! Thanks for sharing this and motivating me even more :-)
Wishing you all the best!


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AMBER281 8/27/2012 5:53PM

    So inspiring!!!

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SUMMERWINDS 8/26/2012 1:19AM

    So inspiring!

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HAPPYKITTYNZ 8/25/2012 10:35AM

    oh wowwWwwww :D
first of all, 1) sorry for being out of touch
and 2) it was my loss! look at you girl!!!!
you look really sexy with your one arm up in a almost.. fist pump kinda way hahaha
way to go live life :)
isn't it funny how your hubby came second? You never really lose the physical skills later on in life if you've done it a lot in previous years I think. I've seen in it people with injury and arthritis. :)

It's so encouraging to read this blog hun!! well done!


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AWESOMEKATY 8/24/2012 9:32PM

    Oh my goodness I am so truly happy for all that you've accomplished. I think your pictures speak volumes and I'm glad that you recognize how awesome you are!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/24/2012 9:24PM

    They should have a warning sign: 5Ks are like gateway drugs. You start with one little race and next thing you know, you are planning a year's racing calendar and saving all your pennies for new sneaks.

And I think running your own race is the right thing. This way you always have something to work for.

You look phenomenal!

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SBNORMAL 8/24/2012 9:11PM

  WOW!! You can do all things!!

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    You made me cry...tears of joy! Congrats on your first 5K. You did amazing. I did my 1st back in April and it is such an incredible feeling when you never imagined that it was something you would ever do!! You go girl!! =)

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GODIVADSG 8/24/2012 6:45PM

    My face is about to crack with the smile on it!! Way to go Sole Sista!! Congratulations on finding yourself along the way! Running is the best thing that ever happened to me.... keep it going!! emoticon emoticon

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GATORADE71 8/24/2012 6:27PM

    What a wonderful accomplishment. Thanks for sharing

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AUNTIELES53 8/24/2012 1:15AM

    you look great and your blog made me cry :)

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LACEY38655 8/23/2012 11:19PM

    I too started crying, you are an inspiration and I hope that I can work towards becoming healthier to run a 1k race.

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CRISSA1669 8/23/2012 11:40AM

    Congratulations!! I just got back from a 5 mile run and read this literally brought tears to my eyes when I saw your finish line pictures!! That's right, YOU did it!!! You made me re-think my thoughts about running a 5k...I have been running well past 3 miles for a while but I have never entered a race and I too am loving running. I think you've inspired me to jump in and sign up for a race...I can run a 5k pretty effortlessly but I can certainly WORK to run it faster...thank you for sharing this was a precious blog to me :)

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MAJORLY_SHAY 8/23/2012 10:00AM

    I know exactly what you mean. I ran my first 5k last Saturday and in the middle of it I was bawling. I never thought in a million years I would be doing something like this. Your blog and success is super inspiring, and even makes me want to cry with you!! You're an amazing person of truly super human strength. Way to go!

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TRYINGHARD54 8/23/2012 8:22AM

    all I can say is WOW!!!!!

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PASKALINI 8/23/2012 7:39AM

    AHHHH I'm so excited for you sorry I'm so late to comment!! It sounds like your first race was AMAZING!!! You've done such a great job! I'm glad you found running to be something you enjoy and can share with your husband. Keep up the good work!

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FITNWHOLE 8/22/2012 9:41PM

    Truly inspiring!! I was emotional reading this post! :)

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CAYCESMOM 8/22/2012 8:49PM

    You are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! What an inspirational story. Thanks for sharing!
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KMUZZY1 8/22/2012 8:32PM

    Congratulations! emoticon emoticon

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RUSNELL5 8/22/2012 7:14PM

  What an inspiration! So proud of you! emoticon

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JEM0622 8/22/2012 3:15PM

    you look amazing! way to go on your first (of MANY) 5ks! because you know you will again. woo hoo!

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RJSAMS 8/22/2012 1:55PM

    WOOT! Good for you. That first 5K is a real doozy. Here's to many more.

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ONMYMEDS 8/22/2012 1:02PM

    I am truly awed by your accomplishments. The usual superlatives just don't seem adequate, but, fantastic job!!

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CRAFTINWIFE 8/22/2012 12:42PM

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TWINZMOM7 8/21/2012 5:31PM

  You are absolutely amazing! Way to go!!!

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ABILUCHA 8/21/2012 5:08PM

    Nice work...and what a cute race logo and t-shirt for your very first race! Way to go!

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JEZEBELSK 8/21/2012 4:16PM

    Congrats! What an inspiration you are! emoticon

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IMANI2008 8/21/2012 3:25PM

  You are amazing! Way to go!! This is so inspiring, your blog has given me the strength to keep going!

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RBETYOURASS 8/21/2012 2:53PM

    Congrats chick! You totally rocked it!
How awesome is it to have the support of your hubby at the finish line!
You're strength and blessings truly shine!

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NAOLEE 8/21/2012 2:00AM

    You are doing a great job and you have a lot of motivations. emoticon emoticon

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HHOLT6 8/21/2012 12:45AM

    emoticon emoticon It is amazing to finish a 5k. Your story is so motivational. I did my first 5k in April 2012. I did come in last. I exceeded my goals though. I wanted a time of under an hour. I am so happy I did a physical challenge. I have not been keeping up with running. I am reminded through your blog though of how cool that feeling was.. of finishing.
Congrats on your weight loss and your success in the 5k!

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WIFEALF 8/20/2012 10:04PM

    i am proud of you!

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SHUBNER4 8/20/2012 9:38PM

    awesome :)

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LOVEXAVIE 8/20/2012 9:35PM

  Oh I just LOVED reading your blog!! So inspiring! I bow to your greatness! : )
Congrats and THANK YOU for making me think that maybe I can do the same!!
You're amazing!

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GODSBEST 8/20/2012 9:23PM

    Such an inspiration - thanks ! You look and did great !

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JENN03275 8/20/2012 9:12PM

    Great job!! So proud of you!!

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