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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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TDWANDD2MYK9 9/9/2012 12:50PM

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OPTIMIST1948 9/9/2012 11:41AM

    Isnt that an amazing feeling, when it all comes together?? Love it.

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JUNEAU2010 9/9/2012 11:10AM

    Fantastic! A PR, a mood changer and an awesome group of friends with whom to experience it!

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NEWMOM20121 9/9/2012 10:48AM

    Great job. Well done.

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WALKINGCHICK 9/9/2012 9:41AM

    What a fantastic and inspirational blog - so glad to hear you not only managed your personal best after a set of bad omens, but all your girls managed one too! emoticon Lots of love and luck for the 10k - you will blast through it I'm sure! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Now there is a comeback for you.

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    emoticon what a great day for you

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SASSYLJB 9/9/2012 9:17AM

    great job! so excited for you!

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    Yay you!

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LAURIE5658 9/9/2012 8:12AM

    What an awesomely awesome day! PR's all around!

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PENOWOK 9/9/2012 7:26AM

    YES!! You ARE STRONG!!!

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FARIS71 9/9/2012 6:54AM

    Oh my gosh that's awesome. You pushed through and saw your victory! YES!

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ANNESYLVIA 9/9/2012 6:48AM

    39.35 breaking your own goal record! And having fun too! emoticon

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    Your a STAR once again in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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    emoticon Way to go! I'm proud of you!

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  Rockstar!! Way to go!!

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    Congrats on your PB.

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    Congratulations!!!!!!

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    Way to go!

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KALANTHA 9/8/2012 8:12PM

    Simply OUTSTANDING!!!

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SAGELADY2 9/8/2012 7:48PM

    Way to go!!! Congratulations on pushing yourself beyond what your mind was trying to limit you with. Feels great huh???
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    Fabulous!

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I am so glad it went well for you. I was out there running with you!


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    Congratulations! :-D

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WONDERWOMAN 9/8/2012 5:44PM

    AWE-SOME!!!! So great you are running so well so soon after the injury! My hero!

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    emoticon So happy for you!

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SNOWYOGA 9/8/2012 5:01PM

    Way to go! You did it, it was the (mom power) we always tell our kids to go for it, try there best, not give up or in and that's what you did. I know what your talking about with allergies (3 weeks vertigo and headaches, but haven't missed work, now that said no turning fast or bending upside down) But you did great and your girls look like a good group. Here's to your next, the emoticon And can't wait to see the pictures. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/8/2012 4:59PM

    Way to go! Glad you surprised yourself! Your group sounds super! Motivating and fun and great to have friends who race. Happy for you! emoticon

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GOSPARK45 9/8/2012 4:42PM

    Nothing better than the zone! What a surge. You're on your way.
Glad it was so amazing.
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A special gift for you because you did it in under 40 minutes. emoticon

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