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ME?!? 18th out of 67?!?


Monday, October 08, 2012

Hi, everyone. Yes, I'm still here!!! I've been struggling with some issues for the past couple of months. I really started running again... and loving it. But, I started having tingling and numbness in one foot. I tried new shoes. I went to a podiatrist and got a shot of cortizone and a shoe insert. Then my back started hurting really bad. I got an MRI. And was diagnosed with a bulging disk. The good news? I get to start PT again! I loved my PT last fall... it helped SO much! (I've had chronic back pain for over 10 years).

Well, my sister-in-law asked me about 10 days ago to race a 5K with her this past Saturday. I signed up... and we ran!

It was in Tulsa, and it was COLD!!! The temp was in the 30's and a light rain started at about the 2nd mile. It rained most of the rest of the race. AND... it started lightly sleeting, too! I kept telling myself the cold would make me FASTER!!!

I had done a practice race (on the treadmill to save my foot) on Wed, and my time was almost 36 mins. I really thought that was the fastest I could run right now, but... with the cold? Hmmm...

Well, I WAS able to run faster! I dug deep... and got a 33:48!!! I was THRILLED! (And, I got a really NEAT medal! Love that bling! And, I'll post photos later.)

But, the big shocker came later that night when my sister-in-law looked at the results online. She'd beaten me, but we weren't sure by how much. She said she'd come in 16th in our age group. 16th?!? WOW!! So, what about me? 18th!!!!! I could NOT believe it!!! I'd come in at the top third of our age group! I'm usually at the back... way back! I've come in at the bottom 10% several times. WOW!!! I was so excited! (And, overall, I came in at the top 1/3rd, also! 135/575!)

I'm really still so excited. I have a 10 mile race this coming Saturday. It was just going to be a training run, so I'm trying not to put pressure on myself. My foot did start hurting after the Saturday race, but it feels fine now. So, we'll see. But, right now, I'm dreaming of next year. Our goal? Top 10 finishers in our age group! emoticon
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MYLAUREN2 10/15/2012 12:03AM

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/10/2012 7:03PM

    Way to go!!

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ROXIT22222 10/9/2012 9:14PM

    So glad to see you back.. I know all about the struggles and Knee pains.. WAY TO GO on 18th! I had a 'brief moment' this past weekend. After running my Half marathon the results said that my 2:59:04 time was 14th in my AG,. I didn't believe it... said but turns out I was right I was 140th.... SIGH.. For a moment I was COOL!

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SLEEPYDEAN 10/9/2012 4:19PM

    Excellent! That is such a good feeling to see your hard work pay off. I hope you get resolution to the back and foot issues soon.

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SHRINKINRUNNER 10/9/2012 1:23PM

    Hey!! :) They said you can still run w/bulging disc?! What are they having you do IN PT?! I don't need to know exact exercises...just what machines etc? I was diagnosed with one 3 years ago..lost insurance...now in process of FINALLY getting it again. Would like to know what MIGHT be in store for me!! Thank you hun!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 10/9/2012 11:04AM

    Congrats on your race. Glad to see you back!!

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REMEMBER2BME 10/9/2012 10:02AM

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EMFRAPPIER 10/9/2012 9:14AM

    Congrats!! Glad you're able to run again!!!

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BILL60 10/9/2012 9:13AM

    Welcome back and congrats on your super 5K performance. Kill that 10K on Saturday!!

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GIANTMICROBE 10/9/2012 7:47AM

    Sounds like a great way to bolster your enthusiasm! I actually got 2nd in a virtual 5K my friend held (Pretty sure there were only 3 participants though) and it totally went straight to my head! LOL

I want to see your medal!

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LIV2RIDE 10/9/2012 6:47AM

    That's awesome! emoticon I guess we should hope for cold weather for your 10 mile race. Have fun!

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MIRAGE727 10/9/2012 6:38AM

    Strong performance! It's good to set goals in races! Train well, be safe, listen to your body, and focus on the finish!
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EDOHERTY107 10/9/2012 6:01AM

    Congratulations on your race!

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LJCANNON 10/8/2012 10:59PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your Race AND on Running Again. That is AWESOME!!

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EMMANYC 10/8/2012 8:50PM

    Congratulations! I'm glad you're able to run again.

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