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City Lights 5K- Fastest Ever!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

This was my first 5K in about a year and a half. This one was only $15 an entry and my teen boys were $10. I had signed up for it the previous 2 years but had something come up. I thought this one would be fun because it kicks off a celebration held in our downtown area.... there are street vendors, festivities, kids Christmas choirs, and finishes up with a big parade.

So I did CrossFit that morning which I told myself I wasn't going to do, but could not help myself because I love CrossFit so much. Our workout was 150 pushups, but each time you stopped you had to sprint 50 meters. My strategy was to do 5 pushups at a time- wanted to nail my pushups without "smokin'" my arms. It took me about 30 minutes.

Our 5K was at 4 and when we got there I was feeling really tight in my hamstrings. UGH! There were about 100 runners of all ages. My mood was kind of down because I was getting attitude from my boys. They both claimed they knew nothing about me signing them up for this 5K and they both didn't want to be there. I know, and my hubby even remembers, they both told me to sign them up for it several weeks ago.... but we have been so busy these past few weeks I hadn't really talked about it.

But I put all of that behind me and just focused on the run. I made sure I started up front so I wouldn't have to weave in and out of people. I had my music going and I concentrated on my mid foot strike and leaning forward from my hips and boom bada bing! I finished at 25:06! That is BY FAR my fastest time ever! My previous PR was 2 years ago at a turkey trot 29:14. I had no idea I could improve so much on my time.

So I took 1st place in my age group by far.... I finished 19th overall. I was really disappointed that there was no awards ceremony, lol..... I wanted a medal, LOL! I probably won't do this one again.... I like a race with a little more people and a little more fanfare. So I have 2 more coming up.... a 5K on the 1st and a 10K on the 8th. Both of those I did 2 years ago and I really liked both of them.

Just going to try and make it through the holidays now.... Eating has been hit or miss. I love the Paleo diet.... I feel so good when I go without the grains and dairy. But, well.... it's just hard.

Have a great week everybody! I am planning a nice Thanksgiving dinner, but am looking forward to some Black Friday shopping with my sister. Then I have the following week off from work so I can get my house ready for Christmas. I want to really savor and enjoy the season this year without even stressing about anything. I'm excited!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROSET491 11/29/2012 8:39PM

    Good for you on your race what a great time!! Curious about the Paleo eating any good places I could go to read up on it??

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HOLLYM48 11/19/2012 7:38PM

    You are so amazing. Congrats on your awesome time! emoticon emoticon

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DMILLER78 11/19/2012 1:35PM

    Way to get a PR Helen! You are killing it!

My daughter did her first 5K this weekend and I think it took her almost an hour but she is 8 and doesn't like to run. Oh well, we will keep working on it.

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KJDOESLIFE 11/19/2012 9:23AM

    Great job! And AFTER Crossfit, too! :)

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1LADYMYSTIC 11/19/2012 8:40AM

    That's awesome news! Glad to hear that you've hit your stride (I swear, no pun intended) in your fitness and now your diet, although giving up grains would be an impressive feat for me. Actually, introducing meat back in my diet would be an impressive feat! =D I love following your blogs and getting inspiration from them. If I could afford to do CrossFit, then I definitely would! It seems like a very good investment. Congratulations, again!

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CDNMSFIT 11/18/2012 10:33PM


That is AMAZING!! Crazy amazing!

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SKFEREBEE 11/18/2012 2:49PM

    That is spectacular! Dag, you are SO Fast!!! Congratulations, Hasty Helen :o)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/18/2012 1:57PM

    Congrats on the PR that's awesome!

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ONMYMEDS 11/18/2012 1:35PM

    Wow, nice job!!

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PJBONARRIGO 11/18/2012 12:22PM

    Wow! That is an awesome PR- especially after a Crossfit workout in the morning. It sounds like you are in a really good place right now and have a great plan for getting through the holiday season with minimum emoticon fuss and maximum enjoyment!

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WINDSURFNERD 11/18/2012 11:35AM

    emoticon that's smokin' fast!! No wonder you took your age group!!

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JLITT62 11/18/2012 10:16AM

    I haven't done a 5k in a really long time . . . so proud of you! I guess I'll probably never run that fast because I don't want to work that hard!

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