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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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LJOYCE55 12/5/2012 10:50AM

  Congratulations and I really love that you beat your own time goal while enjoying yourself along the way. emoticon

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STELLASMYBEBE 12/5/2012 10:40AM


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LOVEMYBODY2012 12/5/2012 10:33AM

    Congratulations! This blog was very inspiring to me, thanks!

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VICLAF 12/5/2012 10:27AM

    Awesome job!!! Shaving 10 minutes off your time is HUGE!!

Your pace will keep getting better and better, the more you run. Take it from me...It took me about 40 minutes doing a 5K when I first started a few years ago. Now that I am consistant, running 2-3 times a week, I got a PR in October with a time of 31:30!

I never used to push myself, but now I do. I started training for a half and I want to have a good pace!! I realized that I am able to push myself and not die!! LOL

Keep up the great work! Running is addicting if you make it part of your routine!

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HEALTHY-SPARK 12/5/2012 10:22AM

    emoticon Way to go!!

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KANDOLAKER 12/5/2012 9:49AM

    Outstanding job to you!! Just awesome and inspiring!!


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LRSILVER 12/5/2012 9:22AM

    Great job. You are amazing!!

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NEWMOM20121 12/5/2012 9:08AM

    Great job. Way to go.

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PRETTYEYES668 12/5/2012 8:49AM

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JANEMARIE77 12/5/2012 8:32AM

    oh I so love this blog you did greatd PR are wonderful Just doing instead of think I could never that is just so wonderful you rock

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CAROLCRC 12/5/2012 8:15AM

    Bravo! You've discovered the big secret of most runners - you are only competing against yourself! So no matter how the rest of the field of runners does, you can win, and win big by seeing improvements in your time, your comfort level, your recovery time needed, etc., etc.

Congratulations on a good race.

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FARIS71 12/5/2012 6:30AM

    How awesomely fantastic! Congratulations! Press on!

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NYARAMULA 12/5/2012 5:09AM

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TASHATRIX 12/5/2012 3:13AM

  Way to go!

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SP_COACH_DENISE 12/4/2012 8:29PM

    emoticon That is awesome! You should definitely be proud of yourself!

Coach Denise

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KNYAGENYA 12/3/2012 6:42PM

    You rock! There were 46 people you were ahead of... good for you!

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