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Another 5K Under My Belt!

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Saturday arrived, and, although sleepy due to uneasy sleep, I rolled out of bed and got ready to rock. Shower, favorite workout clothes, hair pulled back, and mittens, hat, and hoodie ready. Got the kids up and ready, and we were off to the middle school where the Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic 5K would begin.

I nervously joked with the other runners in the gym and from my church, pinned on my bib, re-pinned my bib to prevent the zipper from burning out my chip, and paced and gently stretched in anticipation of the announcement to gather. Once outside, I found a spot farther back in the lineup (to let the faster runners start up front), and walked in place while I waited for the horn. Took a call from my daughter, who was looking for me in the crowd (she was cheering me on), and then it happened. The horn blew, and we were off.

I started out at a friendly "68 shuffle" (I was told I jog like a 68-year-old lady) that I knew I could maintain for some time. So many people passed me I lost count, but I kept going, focusing on a pace I felt comfortable with. I was doing great. I stopped to walk for a very short time, then got back into my jog and continued on, feeling terrific. Imagine my surprise when, at the one-mile mark, they called out "13:24" as I passed! WOW! I had been averaging 15:30-ish during training. Hm, this might be pretty good. Conquered the dreaded hill in fine shape (walking), then jogged the straight. Walk up a short hill, to the water station. Golly, nearly 2 miles gone already, and I feel great! Jogged with renewed energy, and walked again a few minutes later.

Alternated jogging and walking around the little bit of the course off the main roads, then switched back to walking for the last hill. When I hit the driveway to the middle school, I knew I had to finish big. I kicked into "real" jogging (almost running), and powered through to the finish line, amidst the cheers from friends and family. I let out a big WooHoo (mostly to finally exhale for real) and then I saw the clock. My goal was 45 minutes. How did I do?

44:47?! I burst into tears and broke into a huge smile. I made my goal...even beat it by a little! I really didn't think I would make it, I was just far enough away during training that it wasn't a "done deal." I wasn't red-faced or out of breath, either. I had done it! I set a goal, worked hard at it, and was rewarded for my perseverance. My chip time was even better...44:23. Okay, so I finished 340th out of 386, but I had beaten myself! I even managed to take TEN MINUTES off my first 5K (in April).

I may never win medals for overall, or even top of my age group, but I have the awesome privilege of knowing that I can improve, set goals, and maybe even achieve them.

I am hooked on this "running thing". I have decided to take easier walks for the rest of December, and begin training again in January for the 5K (trail run) in April, which is the first 5K I ever ran. I need to know how much better I can do in that venue. Who knows, maybe a 10K may be in my future at some point! Now I just need to replace these sneakers...
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LIZRUNS22 12/19/2012 2:13PM

    How wonderful and exciting! Congrats on an amazing achievement. Definitely think about the 10K. I ran 5Ks for years and just my first 10K last week. It was wonderful! Congrats again and thanks for sharing.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/13/2012 11:53PM

    That is SO inspiring!!! To see that you CAN set AND meet a goal!! :-) Sometimes it just feels so insurmountable.......... WAY TO GO!!!

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RUNNER12COM 12/10/2012 12:35AM

    You set and met a goal. That's awesome!

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JACKIE542 12/7/2012 9:21AM

    Congratulations!

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MARYJEANSL 12/6/2012 10:49PM

  Congratulations! Beating yourself is what counts - you are awesome!

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DALID414 12/6/2012 9:28PM

    68 shuffle, love that!
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ANUSCHKA9 12/6/2012 6:38PM

    "68 shuffle"

I love it... have to remember that.

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SHOAPIE 12/6/2012 4:00PM

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RASIRE 12/6/2012 3:55PM

  Congrats!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 12/6/2012 12:58PM

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HFAYE81 12/6/2012 12:48PM

    You set a new PR!!! Congrats!!!! emoticon emoticon

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THEIS58 12/6/2012 12:01PM

    Wonderful!

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MARGARITTM 12/6/2012 11:43AM

    Congrats on a great race!

I think that YOU truly understand what this running thing is all about.

Thanks for the reminder!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/6/2012 11:21AM

    Congratulations!!!!! :)

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SCAREWALDORF 12/6/2012 11:13AM

    Well done on beating your target! The only person you need to race against is yourself, and you did brilliantly!

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COMEONMA 12/6/2012 11:00AM

    Don't think of it as 46 people you were ahead of, there were thousands of people sitting on their couch that didn't even try!
Congratulations on a fantastic race. The only number that matters is bettering your last number. You should be really proud.
Enjoy your winter walks!!

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PATTIMET 12/6/2012 10:58AM

    Awesome job. Stick with it and you will improve a little each time.

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LUV2RUN72 12/6/2012 10:53AM

    OH YAY!!!!! Hooray! That is so awesome.

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WALLINMW 12/6/2012 8:33AM

  Wonderful!

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NYKIMMIE 12/6/2012 8:26AM

    emoticon Thats great!

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GINGERVISTA 12/6/2012 7:29AM

    emoticon Good for you! My daughter, my 5K partner, moved out of state (IL), so I need to find another one!
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DESERTFLOWERG 12/6/2012 1:45AM

    Fantastic!

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REENIE131 12/5/2012 10:34PM

    Congrats!

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EENLIGHTENING 12/5/2012 10:18PM

    What an inspiration you are to me! emoticon

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AJB121299 12/5/2012 9:39PM

    Nice

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TJCADDO 12/5/2012 9:06PM

    Not only completing your goal but beating out your time set for this 5k is fantastic!

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-SHOREIDO- 12/5/2012 8:56PM

    Great blog and motivation! With that attitude your bound to be ready for even a 10 K soon. Who knows what you can do!!!
Congratulations!!
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NIKO27 12/5/2012 8:31PM

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CHERRYCHEER 12/5/2012 8:07PM

  Awesome! You are an inspiration.

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MANILUS 12/5/2012 7:34PM

    Nice work, keep going!!!

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RAVISHING72 12/5/2012 6:26PM

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CHERRY666 12/5/2012 5:31PM

    Wonderful!

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3G1RLS4ME 12/5/2012 2:28PM

    Great job!

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FIT12BEE 12/5/2012 1:34PM

    You did great!!! emoticon

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NELLBELLA26 12/5/2012 1:22PM

    *pats on back* A goal not only made but surpassed! Great work! I love these stories about people setting goals and going after them with vigor. You're inspiring, my friend. Keep going.

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SAVOOTI 12/5/2012 1:10PM

    Great Blog! I've been wanting to try a 5k for sometime, but haven't had the nerve. Good for you! emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 12/5/2012 12:29PM

    Nice blog, great race. True, you may never win medals, but crossing that finish line will always make you a winner.

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 12/5/2012 12:14PM

    Hot stuff! That is such an inspiration!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/5/2012 12:09PM

    Great race, great result, great blog! You deserve to be so proud of yourself. You were ahead of 46 people AND all those people who stayed home on their couches and didn't make it to the starting line. This is just the beginning!

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HAYBURNER1969 12/5/2012 11:53AM

    You did great on Saturday! Keep it up! I know you will inspire others at our church to get up off the couch and get in 5K shape. We'll go together to get you some good shoes now!

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RACEWELLWON 12/5/2012 11:46AM

    Good for you on beating youself !! By my standards your in first place !

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FITWITHIN 12/5/2012 11:41AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm so, proud of you! Excellent job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASHPATCH11 12/5/2012 10:56AM

    great work!!

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PAKITA72 12/5/2012 10:53AM

    Yay! Congratulations! You're awesome by just showing up and doing it :)

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