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#106 - My First 5K.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Friday night, I was a bundle of nervous energy. I worried about my broken/bruised toe, and if I should just walk the 5K. My shins holding up were also a big concern. I started doubting that I could even do this race. These doubts and worries really set in the next morning at 7am.

I tried to push those fears out of my mind as I got ready that morning. My boyfriend saw it all over my face, and he gave me a pep talk. I don't know if you've ever seen the movie "Remember the Titans", but it's my absolute favorite. He "pushed" my shoulder and said "strong side", so I replied "left side". It got me to giggle and release some of those nerves.

Anyways, my warm up was walking to the race because we were right down the street. I did a little stretching while the 12K runners started. My sweet boyfriend gave me some advice: "Go your pace. Don't worry about anyone else. You can do this! I know you can! I'm so proud of you already!"




Cocky and I!


My boyfriend, Cocky, and I.


Ready to do this!


Ok, maybe I was still a little nervous!

At 8:30 AM, the gun went off, and it was time to go. I found my stride quick, and I ended up finishing the first mile in less than 10 minutes. I kept running along until mile two where I walked for about a minute (due to a hill) then it was back to it. By the time I looked back up, I was at the finish line. The race flew right by me. Not only did I finish the race, but there were a LOT of firsts/good things:

1. I ran MOST of the race (except for 1 hill - the map mentioned only one hill, so by the third, I was tired).
2. I ran a little over two miles non stop. Say wha?!!
3. I ran the first mile in under 10 minutes.
4. No shin or toe pain!
5. I FINISHED MY FIRST 5K RACE - RUNNING!

So many emotions were felt that morning. In fact, everything seems like a dream. I still can't believe I did it. Me. The girl who doesn't run, and who weighed 174lbs at one point in her life. I've never had such drive before. Heck, I still can't believe I almost ran the entire thing. It's mind blowing.


The professional photographer didn't snap a photo of me crossing the finish line, so this will have to do.



Here's how I did:

- Chip time: 35:43 (NEW PR!)
- Gun time: 35:58
- Pace: 11:35 (Woo hoo!)
- 341st place out of 659 5K run/walkers.
- Division: 13th/24
- Sex: 173rd/416

I'm so proud of these results. I had an amazing first race. Now, on to sign up for another one!


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COUPONS0216 10/28/2012 11:32PM

    AWESOME job, WTG! You did great!
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WIFEALF 10/28/2012 1:27PM

    good job..look so skinny good for you!

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ON2VICTORY 10/23/2012 4:34PM

    WTG! You RAWK! Fantastic times on your run...

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SBRAN833 10/22/2012 1:23PM

    SO PROUD OF YOU!!

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ACHOCOLATEWOMAN 10/21/2012 6:43PM

    Yay! Work it, girl!

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 10/19/2012 3:24PM

  emoticon emoticon I'm so happy for you! Your first 5K experience reminds me a lot of mine. I am glad you enjoyed it. You had a great time especially considering that includes 3 hills that you weren't expecting. Running is more mental than physical isn't it? So happy for you!

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RSPAPRIL281 10/18/2012 7:37PM

    OMG wow wow wow...Girl you are on fire!!! emoticon emoticon Awesome job I'm so proud of you!!!

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LESLIES537 10/18/2012 5:56PM

    That is SO completely AWESOME!! Be proud, my friend! You ROCKED that race! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRAGONFLY02 10/18/2012 10:42AM

    For some reason I didn't get the email about this blog and realized I hadn't seen anything from you in a few days, so I came here to check!! WOO-HOO!!!! You did amazing, especially for your first 5k!! I am so proud of you.

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MAD*DREAMER 10/17/2012 10:10PM

    Awesome job girlie! emoticon

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BIKECHIC1 10/17/2012 10:06AM

    Way to go...that's amazing, you did it!!

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TIMDEB 10/16/2012 6:49PM

  Awesome! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 10/16/2012 12:57PM

    Way to go!!! How exciting!
~Ang

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SPICEMWE 10/16/2012 10:41AM

    I knew you could do it! You did a great job and looked fantastic while doing it!

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HEARTS116 10/16/2012 8:55AM

    WOW! Way to go!
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GIANTMICROBE 10/15/2012 6:49PM

    That is FRACKIN AWESOME GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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CIPHER1971 10/15/2012 4:00PM

    brilliant!!!

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CANES4EVER63 10/15/2012 3:36PM

    That's awesome! WAY TO GO!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 10/15/2012 3:20PM

    WOW! You did absolutely fantastic!!! That's so great! I love all the pictures, and like I commented on one already, you look tiny! You look so good. And I love the pictures of Cocky - I used to have a Gamecocks cup for the longest time (I spent my childhood in Columbia). :D

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WINNIE1978 10/15/2012 12:44PM

    Awesome!!! All that hard work paid off!!


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MELLYBEANS0919 10/15/2012 12:23PM

  Awesome!! I am so happy for you!! Way to go girl!

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C8TSON 10/15/2012 12:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon !!! So proud of you for accomplishing your goals and much more! You are a GREAT inspiration!!! emoticon

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CHODGES83 10/15/2012 12:07PM

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I have a huge grin on my face right now, I'm so excited for you. Great Job, pal!

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