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Victory, Good Cause, Exercise Progress


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Saturday, January 19, 2013

I ran the Hope for Haiti 5K this morning with my nephew and niece. We watched a video after about Haiti, met people who work there full time and local people who go quarterly to support a school there. It was very inspirational and I was glad to support the effort.

My motivation before I went, though, was to support my nephew. He dropped 30 pounds in the 3 weeks before he was hospitalized for diabetic acidosis about 3 months ago with blood sugar over 650. Since he came out of the hospital he hasn't lost much more weight, but he has totally changed the way he eats, walks many miles a day, does Crossfit regularly, and has learned to control his blood sugar. He is totally off insulin and pills now. He goes to Weight Watcher meetings with me and hopes to lose 70 more pounds. My niece did the 5K, too. She has run with me before, but hasn't been running regularly since her marriage in April. She paced him and reported he did eight running intervals. I snapped pictures of them crossing the finish line, but haven't yet figured out how to download the pictures on my laptop. He finished 3.1 miles in less than 48 minutes. When he first started walking the lake(2.84 miles) it took him over an hour, so he's made lots of progress. Will try to edit their pictures in later or post tomorrow.

My time was around 30 minutes, maybe 29:59 or 30:00 or 30:01; I'll know for sure when it is posted online, possibly with pictures, in a day or two. This was the first 5K I've run since March of 2012. For the last year I've trained for greater distance. This was my 8th 5K, since my first in January 2011. I've run 4 5Ks under 30 minutes and 3 over before this one. So I was way off my PR of 28:28. I started too fast and had to take several walk breaks in the first half mile. When I heard my time was 9:40 at the first mile, I felt much better and settled down, running the whole rest of the way. At 2 miles I was at 18:25, I think, or was it 19:25?? I was thinking it was a negative split, but I'm now doubting myself. Anyway, even though it was not my best race, I did place first in my age group, which is my first FIRST PLACE medal!

My hubby took this picture of me with my age group medal after I got home:



(You can see that we have not had a freeze here this year yet and the bougainvilla is still blooming.)

So I refuse to be disappointed with my time. I'll just celebrate the victory for me, the money for Haiti, and the exercise progress of my dear nephew!!
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EFFRAYECHILDE 2/10/2013 11:58AM

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TERRIJ7 2/6/2013 12:32PM

    That's what it's all about, isn't it? Helping and encouraging others who need it.

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    Great job!

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ANNESYLVIA 1/21/2013 7:20PM

    Your deserve to celebrate! emoticon A toast to your victory! emoticon

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DLBROWN93 1/21/2013 7:27AM

    Congratulations on your first place medal. Also congrats on motivating family members to take the healthy lifestyle journey as well.

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/21/2013 12:55AM

  It's great your supporting him and a good cause.

I'm sure your blessed at his improvement!!! emoticon emoticon

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SPSPSP1 1/21/2013 12:38AM

    That's terrific! Congrats!

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CHARTHESTAR 1/21/2013 12:26AM

    Congratulations on you first place!

If you really had done it like the other ones- you might have made a lot of people feel bad. You don't need to break your own record every time. There are some days it is just fine to do it!

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AMYABELL 1/20/2013 11:32PM

    You rock!

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  CONGRATULATION! GOOD JOB.. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! emoticon

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FATHINSN 1/20/2013 11:22PM

    WooHoo for finishing, especially your first 1st place, congrats :D I hope your nephew is getting much better!

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SPRINGBABY80 1/20/2013 5:09PM

  awesome, keep up the good work.

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MARYJEANSL 1/20/2013 5:08PM

  Congrats to you, and to your nephew too!

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MANILUS 1/20/2013 4:52PM

    Great job on your 1st place medal and doing so well in your age group! My husband's software is running at Hope for Haiti and he is a Haitian.

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    Congratulations - what a great accomplishment. You should be so proud of yourself!

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SJKENT1 1/20/2013 3:33PM

    You have lot's to celebrate!! congratulations

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CROWLEY123 1/20/2013 2:23PM

    Disappointed?? You should be bursting with pride! It is certainly not about the time you go, but about the time you gave! Wonderful.

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KARRENLYNN 1/20/2013 2:23PM

    You both should be proud of your accoumplishments! Running for a great cause and and supporting your nephew is a great thing. It's not as important how fast you finish, but that you finish.

You look great with your medal in front of your beautiful flowers!

Karen

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 1/20/2013 2:05PM

    emoticon well done what a wonderful reason to run, my friend has just signed me up for a 5k run in may this year, we will be raising money for Cancer Reserch UK.

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  What a wonderful blog. You and your nephew are both to be congratulated. emoticon

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    Congratulations on all counts!!! How wonderful! :)

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    Congrats on finishing first in your age group! Much applause to your nephew for his weight loss and healthy habits he's developed! emoticon

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  i enjoyed reading this!

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  good blog

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