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My first 5K: start to finish

Monday, December 03, 2012

Here I am. Crossing the finish line.

Now, to go back and tell you the tale.

There I am, BEFORE the race. Take a good look b/c the rest of the time I look as rough as a corncob. I was a bundle of nerves.

I purposely started out at the very back of the pack. It was a huge turn-out, so much so that the organizers were caught off guard. The had around 400 pre-registered and then over 100 more showed up to register the day of the race. The weather was perfect (maybe even a bit warm) in the 70's and partly cloudy.

"And she's off!"

I had trained on the hills at home, so I power-walked with no problem up the first one. Yep, I passed some people!

See the lady in white beside me? We started talking about half-way through and I found out she is 60 and had double-knee replacement this year. She has lost 80 pounds by going out to dance twice a week in the past 2 years.

Now, to set the tone for this race.

We got a shirt with this logo, in dark purple. And we were given a pair of jingle-bells to wear on our shoes! Some people even dressed up festively.

I struggled. Mostly because I forgot to have my daughter change the ipod setting shuffle OFF to my preplanned music. And because I was suffering from an untimely need for cramp-relievers. But I made it.

The last push was downhill, and I broke into a run that passed about 15 people. And my grin, well, I thought it would break my face!

When I ran into the arms of my hubby and daughter, I started bawling for a moment. But then my need to keep walking for the cool down took over and I recovered well.

And thing about the 5K that I will be sure to do next year. You could pick up PRESENTS along the way! You weren't allowed to open them until the end. My friend ended up carrying a kettle ball 2/3 of the race without knowing what she had!

My present was my daughter telling me right before bedtime, that she is so very proud of me and that I'm her biggest inspiration. Then it finally sunk in.

I did a 5K.

(P.S. It was rather satisfying to enter that as my exercise for the day on my SP tracker too!)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DIKALI 12/6/2012 7:38AM

    That's awesome - congratulations!!!

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FIT12BEE 12/5/2012 1:50PM

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-REGINA- 12/5/2012 7:43AM

  emoticon Sounds like you had a memorable experience!

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 12/4/2012 6:47AM

  Awesome!!! You ALL look so happy and proud. You're enthusiasm and success makes me want to go out and run right now.

Talk about victories. When we please ourselves, our family, and our trackers...Well...That's just plain good living.

Congratulations to you, LOTW.

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LIFE2BFUN 12/4/2012 12:41AM

    Great Job!!! I ran my first 5K two months ago, and they are so much fun - yet tiring... At least you got a nice picture of you crossing the finish line. Mine looked like I was just whupped (spelling?) LOL!

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OTEN36 12/3/2012 8:25PM

    emoticon WOW..........
So it's been a long day for me. But I decide to do one last check on my sparkpeople site to see if anything is new.
Well......I see a note from you on my blog. Thank you for your wonderful words. So I go and check your site out to see what's new and to my have this wonderful blog with pictures and video. HOW COOL IS THAT?????!!!!
I'm blown away.... I watched the video twice...that was so GREAT!
Then I start down on your blog...when you got to the part of passing 15 people...I started tearing up...I was so frigging happy for you. Then you make the comment that you fell into your husband and daughters arms bawling...I started bawling and had to leave the computer before my husband thought I had totally gone bonkers.
I'm just so amazed at how we can bond like this on sparkpeople. I'm very appreciative for this site and for all of my sparkfriends.
I hope your as proud of yourself as we are and your family. You ROCK!

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SONFLOWER67 12/3/2012 8:18PM

    So proud of you and inspired!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
I love your video and pics. You look great!

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TJCADDO 12/3/2012 7:51PM

    Oh, you did it! You looked great crossing that finish line.

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NAT-AGAIN 12/3/2012 4:39PM

    WooHoo! So glad to hear that it was a good experience for you! I love that you included a little video!
Good job!!!! Sooooo......when is the next race for you? I have a 10k planned in Feb. but I'd like to get another 5k in before that.
So great that your daughter is proud of you. What a great feeling!

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WESLEYSHOPS 12/3/2012 4:10PM

    I am so proud of you. Even more proud that you did this yourself. Love B.

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SENIORSWIMMER 12/3/2012 3:04PM

    You SO rock! Aren't they fun? I'm sure there are other 5k's around that you can do before this one comes around again next year. If you google 5k runs, then click on the geographic area you're interested in, you should find some.

That said, we haven't been able to find any in this area until January. There were a lot of races Saturday, but we already had plans. The pickins in this area are lean until January. Holiday season I guess.

I am SO VERY proud of you. 5k's are always fun (unless the weather's stinky). You always find someone with an interesting story to talk to. The first 5k I did in many years was in Oct. I had never walked one before. I spent most of the race walking with with a young girl who turned out to be the drum major for a high school band near here......Her band director is one of my former students. Too fun!

I imagine you're still glowing. You deserve it. emoticon

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    How fabulous!! You have an amazing running stride. Congratulations on successfully finishing your first 5K. I have heard from others that they are totally addictive. Are you ready to train for your next one?

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TXTOAD9970 12/3/2012 11:24AM

    Good for you - you must be very proud! emoticon

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