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Bloomingfoods Breakaway 5k


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Saturday, September 08, 2012



See these girls? They're my girls. My group. My Bloomington "people". Some of the group has known each other for a long time. Some were strangers to the group, but knew one of the girls, so they tagged along for dinner and drinks one night. There are a few others not in this exact photo. We have so much fun together when we gather that we decided to schedule a monthly GNO (Girls' Night Out) so we can be together, eat delicious food and drink cocktails. Incidentally, none of us ever leave those outings without side stitches from laughing so hard. They bring me inexplicable joy. And, most of the group happens to be runners.

So, we've all been entering a lot of the same races and meeting up beforehand and afterwards. Today, we ran the toughest course any of us has ever run. There were quite a few hills.

Rewind a bit. Last night (this morning?), my son woke me up at 3am. My mind started to race and I couldn't fall back asleep until 4am. Once I finally fell asleep, I was plagued with awful nightmares. My alarm went off at 6:30am and I woke up to some disturbing e-mail. My allergies were going nuts and my eyes were burning and itching. I was exhausted and sad. I was just in a FUNK. I wasn't even sure I wanted to run the race.

But, my girls arrived. I was still cranky, but it was nice to see them. I felt like there were so many bad omens before this race that I was worried it was not going to be my day.

The race started and I was struggling a bit. Not really physically...just mentally. I kept wishing I was in bed. But, as I kept running, I was keeping an eye on my pace...making sure I was running steady and not going too fast. I was in pretty good shape at Mile 1. Getting to Mile 2 felt a bit rougher, but literally, as I was coming up on the Mile 2 sign, I felt my body go into the zone. Suddenly, I felt lighter and running was easy and I haven't felt that for SO long!!! I couldn't stop smiling!!! Literally, I had the dumbest dopey grin on my face! I wanted to shout, "THIS FEELS AWESOME!"

Then...right then...in the last mile...the mother of all hills. I was running for a good while. I thought, "No prob. I'm in the zone...this'll be a piece of cake!" Well...that thing just didn't get smaller! I did end up walking...for about 20 seconds. But, then I could see the top...so I pushed harder.

Well, the best part was...after the hill, it went downhill and took you straight to the stretch that would go to the finish line. I just kept telling myself, "Don't you dare stop!" In that last .4 miles or so, I probably ran my fastest pace ever and it wasn't a labor or painful at all. I just felt...POWER. I could not WAIT to cross that finish line because, even though I hadn't looked at my time, I could just FEEL it.

Came around the last corner and I could have died, you guys!!! I finished in 39 minutes 35 seconds. I had just been joking with the girls before the race about my ultimate goal being a 40 minute 5k and how I'd be barfing at the Finish if that actually happened! Haha.

WOW. THAT was an amazing morning. I feel so thankful. So powerful. So healthy. Strong. Like the possibilities are endless. That fear I had regarding the half marathon? Gone. Any nervousness for my 10k in a few weeks? None.

This was the absolute best comeback I could have ever imagined. And sharing it with friends made it all the more sweet.

By the way, every single person in our group PR'd today. How's that for motivating one another? BEST DAY EVER.
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SERASARA 9/20/2012 1:27PM

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NEWCHINELO 9/17/2012 4:53PM

    WELL COME BACK!

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KLONG8 9/11/2012 4:45PM

    I love your excitement and the fact that you really thought you'd be struggling that day. Then you POWERED IT! Congratulations. Keep flying!

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DRCLANKY 9/11/2012 1:56PM

    Congratulations! It's a fantastic feeling to see that you've pushed yourself and that your efforts have paid off with a new PR! The improvements you're seeing are irrefutable evidence of all your hard work, enjoy!!

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NEWTINK 9/11/2012 8:36AM

    Good job good blog ... congratulations on your accomplishment

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SLFGOLF 9/11/2012 1:00AM

    emoticon emoticon I would imagine you were on such a high from that race. Congratulations!

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MARGARITTM 9/10/2012 7:45PM

    Very cool.

CU at the finish line!

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AJB121299 9/10/2012 7:31PM

    great job

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SHIRE33 9/10/2012 6:11PM

    I am super inspired! After all you've been through, you deserved that moment! I've felt that power before, and it is overwhelmingly delightful. I wish you many more! And now I want one! :D

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DVIRGADAM 9/10/2012 5:59PM

    It is nice that you have a girls group and you can get together and have fun. It is also nice that they share running as one of their interests. It makes it easier to stay on
track when you have friends who are working towards the same goals as you, as they are more likely to support you. You also did a fantastic record in the 5K run!
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URGETTINTHIN 9/10/2012 3:48PM

    Good job! I hope to feel that runner's high someday. WooHoo! I love the fact that you have a girls' group---having that support and transferring that energy is wonderful!

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DANAEBOYCE1 9/10/2012 3:03PM

    good for you!

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THEIS58 9/10/2012 1:36PM

    Way to go


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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/10/2012 1:20PM

    What an amazing run. Congrats on setting a new PR!!

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HANSBRINK 9/10/2012 11:41AM

  Congratulations! The self-talk during your race certainly seemed to help. Good luck on the 10K training.

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NITELITE72 9/10/2012 10:30AM

    WooHoo!! Way to go...glad for your happy ending!!


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MIKENIKES 9/10/2012 9:48AM

  Congratulations! That is awesome and I hope you keep feeling better and moving forward in your recovery and weight loss goals! Exercise gives the best highs!

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AUSFAM 9/10/2012 9:38AM

    I love your enthusiasm and I aspire to simply run and finish a 5k--let alone in 39 minutes! You go girl(s)! :)

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EARTHTONED84 9/10/2012 9:36AM

    Congratulations! It's so great to have a group of friends who join you in your journey for healthy living. I have a few select friends who love running and aren't afraid to get a little sweaty :) I am signed up for a 5k next month and so nervous but this entry gave me the sparkle that I needed to get excited for it!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/10/2012 9:05AM

    A Lot of FUN

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    congratulations!

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    emoticon sorry--hit it twice--but you deserve a double WTG anyway!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/10/2012 5:07AM

    Well done....

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DIANNEMT 9/9/2012 6:00PM

    Congrats!!

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CICELY360 9/9/2012 5:50PM

  good blog, as usual

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BETRME100 9/9/2012 5:15PM

    Congrats to all of you!! Yep, the bad thing about racing in the Bloomington area is the hills...lots and lots of hills...but you did it!!

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JOYCECAIN 9/9/2012 5:02PM

    Congratulations for doing so well. I am very happy for you. The whole gang did great. Keep on working your program. lol emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations! Way to go!


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PATRICIAANN46 9/9/2012 3:54PM

  There is NOTHING like "Girlfriend Power" to motivate us in so many areas of our lives. emoticon on your emoticon run. What a comeback!!!!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/9/2012 3:12PM

  Your back running already? Oh my G - oh goodness. That is so great! I'm glad the second part of the day was good. I'm glad your connecting with friends too. emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 9/9/2012 1:16PM

    Wonderful!

PS: you didn't say if you actually barfed at the finish line!

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MIMIDOT 9/9/2012 1:02PM

    Another awesome blog! Thanks for sharing.

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PATTISTAMPS 9/9/2012 1:00PM

    I am actually crying, I am so happy for you!! Congrats - You ROCK!!!
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